Manchester City’s midfielder Yaya Touré is a transfer target for Italian giants Inter Milan.
The Ivorian has one year left to go on his contract at the Etihad, but having seen his ability decrease dramatically over the past season to the point where City looked better without him, he is now unlikely to be part of new manager Pep Guardiola’s plans going forward.
The 33-year-old’s enormous contract has seen him rebuff transfer overtures from other clubs in the past, content with his place at Etihad. But now he is interested in leaving and sources are saying that things are currently 50-50 as to whether a transfer emerges.
The players desire is key in this situation as City will not stand in the way of Touré’s departure. In an amusing coincidence, it was Guardiola who was coach of Barcelona when the Ivorian was sold to City in the first place, and now he will be in charge when Touré leaves Manchester.
Yaya Touré’s biggest threat has always been his goals, and in that area he has declined from last season. As he ages, his ability to impact games in the final third has become more and more sporadic to the point where City ended up looking a better side without him.