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Man City Defender Kolo Toure Linked With £6m Turkish Move

Bursaspor want Etihad Stadium centre back.

KOLO TOURE is ready to quit Premier League ­champions Manchester City for Turkish minnows Bursaspor.

Toure, 31, has failed to agree a new contract with the Blues after falling down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

The ex-Arsenal defender admitted last week he would consider leaving the billionaires if he felt there was no future for him in Manchester.

Roberto Mancini is keen to get the £90,000-a-week star off the club’s wage bill to make room for new ­arrivals.

Bursaspor have made a £6m bid for Toure and are hoping to secure a deal within days.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Kolo Toure’s Man City career started to go awry after the Ivory Coast international was handed a six month suspension following a failed drugs test. Once the former Arsenal man was sidelined with the ban Roberto Mancini turned to Vicent Kompany and Joleon Lescott as his first choice centre back pairing and the Italian has not reverted back to using the 31 year old since.

As a result Toure only made eight Premier League starts in 2011/12 and given that Man City managed to successfully clinch the Premier League title with Kompany & Lescott as a hugely solid pairing the odds are that a departure may on the cards for the defender.

A move to Turkey could tempt Kolo Toure, especially if Bursaspor can match his current earnings and offer him a regular first team spot.

Though Man City paid £16m for the centre back they may well be willing to sell Toure at a reduced rate in order to help trim costs at the Etihad Stadium.


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