Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure seems to be in the transfer news these days. The highly-rated Ivory Coast international midfielder is reportedly being chased by several European clubs – and it has now been revealed that Arsenal wanted to take him on board in the summer.
Toure has let the cat out of the bag by revealing that the Gunners did indeed come knocking on his door. He has admitted that his elder brother Kolo, who is an influential figure at the Emirates, tried to persuade him to leave the Camp Nou for north London at the start of the season – but he resisted.
Yaya said: “Both Arsene Wenger and my brother told me in the summer that I should join Arsenal, but I told them that I am very happy at Barcelona.”
Yaya was signed by Barcelona last summer and went on to become one of the few consistent players for Barca last season. It is indeed good for the club that he decided to stay on in Catalonia.
As for Arsenal, their search for a true world-class and established midfielder continues…