Arsenal Target Set for £12m Departure: Yaya Toure Astonished By Barcelona Treatment

Long term Gunners target has had just about enough of playing second fiddle to Sergio Busquets.

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Manchester United and Arsenal are reported to have been put on alert after Yaya Toure revealed he is ready to consider his future at Barcelona after being left on the bench yet again.

The Ivory Coast midfielder was clearly unhappy after seeing young Sergio Busquets employed in the defensive midfield role as he began game against Real Madrid as a substitute.

After penning a new deal in the summer to ward off interest from other clubs Toure thought that it was a sign he was a regular first team player, but this season has has only started four games.

“My situation is astonishing. I have to take a personal decision about all this,” he told France Football after the win against Madrid.

“When a new contract is given to a player, particularly at a club like this, it makes no sense to then leave him on the bench all the time.

“I think that at my age a player is at his peak in physical and ability termns, but I do not have the chance to play at the moment.

“This situation is damaging. I am not a thirtysomething, I am still young (26).

“I need more minutes because I am not playing enough. But the coach is the one that has to decide if I play or not.” (Sky Sports)

You can understand where Yaya is coming from, in a similar situation to Real Madrid playmaker Rafael Van der Vaart, Toure was given an assurance that he would be a big part of Barcelona’s plans this term and was handed a long term contract to help persuade the Ivorian that he was a valued member of the Nou Camp set-up. However he has found himself becoming increasingly frustrated by warming the subs bench on a regular basis, despite having a fantastic season last term as he helped the Catalan side to the treble.

Arsenal have been consistently linked to Kolo’s younger brother and many see the defensive midfielder as the perfect partner for Cesc Fabregas in the centre of the park. With the 26 year old looking increasingly concerned with his future at the La Liga side, January could be the right time for Arsene Wenger to act if he does indeed see the former Monaco and Olympiakos man as a potential addition to his Emirates squad.

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