“Psst Zlatan, what do you reckon?” Ivorian now a realistic target of Old Trafford boss…among others.
Speculation is rife that Sir Alex Ferguson may well be considering a last gasp move for seemingly Manchester City bound Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast international is apparently set for a move to England, as reiterated by the 27 year old’s agent.
“If everything goes well, Yaya will go to England,” Dimitri Seluk told Ona FM.
“But we can’t talk about definite clubs. We already have a closed deal, and all will be resolved before the World Cup.”
A sticking point for interested clubs could be the high transfer fee Barca are likely to demand, with the Catalan giants reportedly slapping a 36million euro price-tag on the 27-year-old.
Seluk added: “It seems to me too much money. His club have shown they want him to leave, it’s not normal that they’re asking for this amount.
“If (Barca president Joan Laporta) likes Toure so much, he could have explained why he didn’t play so much. This year we haven’t spoken to him even one time, and if he leaves it’s because that was lacking.” (PA)
Manchester United are now ready to move into the fray for the defensive midfield man mountain but clearly the £29m valuation on the former Monaco and Olympiacos man could become a factor in a bidding war. Ferguson is keen on adding more solid midfield battling options having seen Owen Hargreaves decimated by injury and others unable to put in an out and out defensive display, he may well feel the fee is worth paying considering Yaya’s massive big game experience.
Whilst a move to Eastlands would result in a big pay day for the giant midfielder, as well as a chance to play alongside his brother Kolo, the fact that Roberto Mancini can’t offer Champions League football will come as a big obstacle against sealing a move to the blue half of Manchester.
Given that Sir Alex was willing to pay Bayern Munich £17m for Hargreaves three years ago one would imagine he would be willing to make a significant offer, in the region of £22m to beat off competition from their local rivals.
In three seasons at the La Liga club, Yaya has struggled to maintain a solid foothold in the first team but has nonetheless helped the Catalan club to an array of silverware including two Spanish titles, a Spanish cup and a Champions League triumph which Toure was key in contributing towards most notably in the Rome final against Manchester United when the defensive midfielder was played in his less familiar position of centre back and put in a performance of real class to repel opposition attacks to help Guardiola’s side to a famous victory.