Chelsea Linked With £22m Man City Midfielder Bid

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Ivorian midfielder set for summer exit from Etihad Stadium.

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Chelsea and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head to seal the signing of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure according to The Sun.

The European giants were placed on alert after Toure revealed he feels unappreciated at the club and was considering his options.

The midfielder is demanding a new contract with the Premier League Champions and has insisted he will buy on the remainder of his contract if he does not receive an offer from the club by Sunday.

Under FIFA rules, players over the age of 28 are now able to buy out the remainder of their contracts if they have not been offered a new deal three years after they signed their last contract.

Toure has been one of the club’s star performers since signing from Barcelona for £25 million three years ago but this FIFA rule could make Toure available for well below his market price.

He played an integral role in the side that secured the Premier League title last season but has seen his side fall away to Manchester United in their attempts to defend the trophy.

Chelsea are currently on the look-out for a replacement for ageing star Frank Lampard while Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is known to be a firm admirer of Toure’s talents.

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