Our resident Manchester City fans at the bar have not been surprised by the annual speculation linking star midfielder Yaya Toure with a move away from the club, especially following the announcement that Pep Guardiola will take charge at City in the summer.
Toure was sold by Guardiola back in 2010 when the pair were at Barcelona and it seems that he could be sold again, with The Telegraph reporting that the 32-year old will be offered a lucrative £30 million-a-year contract to move to China.
With Guardiola already preparing an extensive overhaul of the Citizens’ squad, Toure is expected to be replaced by a fresh young face.
However, the four-time African Player of the Year winner has plenty of suitors across the globe, with reports indicating that any potential deal to China could make him the world’s third highest earning footballer. Following the announcement of Guardiola, Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk said:
“I think Yaya will leave the club. But before leaving I hope he will win again the League and all the cups. It’s not a question of whether Pep likes him or not. It’s life, you know. Pep can call Yaya and speak to him to let him know ‘I’m with you’ or ‘I am not with you’.”
The Telegraph claims that there are at least three Chinese clubs interested in luring the Ivory Coast international to Asia, with Jiangsu Suning said to be willing to give the midfield powerhouse an incredible £30 million-a-year after tax.
Such a move would see him earn £576,923-a-week – more than double his current £240,000-a-week salary.
And with City having been linked with the likes of Paul Pogba and Thiago, they could be set to reclaim most, if not all, of the £24 million it took to sign him, despite the fact that he will only have one season left on his contract at the end of the current campaign.
Our landlord believes that City could extract a fair amount of money from any sale, with Chinese Super League clubs already demonstrating their spending power by shelling out £25 million to sign Ramires from Chelsea in January.
Manchester City fans, do you think time is up for Toure? Let us know in the comments below!