Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure may still be at the Etihad next season, as the Ivorian will not take a pay-cut to leave the club in the summer.
After an inspirational spell with the club – which included winning the Premier League in 2012 – the 31-year-old has had a very difficult season for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
His disappointing form has been a contributing factor behind the side’s struggle to stay in touch with league leaders Chelsea. With that in mind, the Daily Mail reported that Toure could be leaving Eastlands in the summer.
The Mail also suggest that a possible reunion with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may have been on the cards. The Italian is now back in his home country with old club Inter Milan.
However, one potential stumbling block to any deal was the midfielder’s incredibly large current contract. He has two years left to run on his £220,000 a week deal, and – perhaps anticipating the difficulty of getting a similar offer elsewhere – is willing to see that out unless an equally lucrative opportunity arises.
Inter, who the Mail suggest cannot offer that amount, will try to lure the playmaker with a five-year-deal instead.