City linked with Bernabeu raid as star player nears exit.
Manchester City could be set to make a raid on Real Madrid in the near future after recent speculation that Yaya Toure could himself be heading to the Bernabeu.
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The Ivory Coast international, who has been one of the best midfielders in the world during his time at the Etihad Stadium, looks increasingly likely to be offloaded after a poor start to this season, which has followed on from some off-the-pitch problems during the summer.
Having seemingly fallen out with City, Toure could now make a surprise return to La Liga with Real Madrid, despite having also been a big player for their arch rivals Barcelona in a spell earlier in his career.
The Spanish giants are in need of strengthening in the middle of the park after losing Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich in the summer, and Toure has seemingly emerged as one of Carlo Ancelotti’s top targets in that position.
Still, City may have a direct replacement lined up, with Manuel Pellegrini keeping an eye on the situation of another top class midfield player at the Bernabeu.
In recent days, it has been reported that the Premier League champions are ready to rival the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for the signing of German World Cup winner Sami Khedira to bolster their options in the midfield engine room.
The 27-year-old is unlikely to renew his contract with Real, and seems set for a move to England after attracting plenty of interest from top Premier League clubs in recent times.
The arrival of Toure will do little to persuade Khedira that he can become a regular at Real, and it may well be that he will replace the Ivorian at the Etihad either this January or next summer.