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Arsenal Ready for Worrying £16m Kolo Toure Bid from Man City

Can Mark Hughes bag himself the top notch Gunners defender?

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The Rumour

But if City, who clinched the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on Saturday, fail they will go back to Arsenal for Kolo Toure.

Everton have slapped a £30m price tag on boss Mark Hughes’ other target, Joleon Lescott.

City were close to pulling out of the £25m deal for Adebayor after two weeks of haggling with agents, and they face another fight to land Terry and Lescott. But Hughes, an admirer of centre-back Toure, would be happy to get him if Terry shuns his Eastlands revolution.

“Defence is the major area that we haven’t looked at yet,” he said. “We want to make sure we are stronger than we were last season.” City will not react officially to suggestions that Chelsea will report them for allegedly tapping up England captain Terry. But the club is confident it has no case to answer, given that Hughes commented after Chelsea had put news of City’s bid on their website last week.

The Source: (Daily Star)

The Analysis

Having seen attempts to sign John Terry and Joleon Lescott run into opposition from their respective club’s, Mark Hughes is about to make another push for a long term target, Kolo Toure and it remains to be seen whether the Ivorian has overcome the off field issues that were apparent throughout last season.

The Arsenal centre back fell out with nutcase William Gallas and was also upset by the lack of support given to him as a result of this dispute from Arsene Wenger which led many to believe his time at the club was possibly coming to an end.

If the Gunners lost Toure is would be a big blow as up until last season he was a model of consistency and even though the club has brought in Thomas Vermaelen they can ill afford to lose a player as respected and solid as Kolo.

The Likelihood

Toure to Man City: This is very much in the balance and unless Gallas leaves the club this old chestnut will not go away.

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