Yaya Toure's agent has confirmed Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in the midfielder, but he believes it would be &qu...
Yaya Toure's agent has confirmed Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in the midfielder, but he believes it would be "impossible" for Manchester City to allow his client a move to a major rival in the Premier League.
Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports News HQ both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger would like to sign the Ivorian, but Toure has plenty of options on the table as he considers his next destination:
Yaya in January can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs abroad. He will have many offers from clubs. China and America of course they want him but we will have a lot of offers from England and Europe. He is in very good shape, very good condition, I think he lost seven kilograms. Maybe that's not good enough for [Pep] Guardiola, but then Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn't good enough for him (at Barcelona).Seluk's comments appear to be a sideswipe at Sky Blues manager Guardiola, and the mention of United's interest will fan the flames before Saturday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Toure is still an exceptional talent in attack, but his style of play no longer suits City's mandate under Guardiola. It is not beyond the realms of imagination that Mourinho would want a veteran talent who is such a dangerous operator in the opposition penalty box.
However, the 33-year-old scored only six goals in 28 Premier League starts last term, according to WhoScored.com, as the Sky Blues struggled to win matches with their usual frequency.
Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol commented on Toure's predicament at the Etihad Stadium and it captured my thought entirely:
Yaya Touré agent says Touré has been humiliated by Pep Guardiola. How do you humiliate someone when you're paying them £240,000 a week?— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) September 4, 2016
Don't pity Yaya Toure please. He is more interested in the £250K/week than playing time. He is just fine with this development.— Wolexis.com (@wolexis) September 2, 2016