This week, Yaya Toure’s agent has made the headlines for allegedly giving Manchester City a public ultimatum on a contract extension for his client, throwing Toure’s future at City into doubt (Telegraph).
For all of the frustration and anger this will have caused City fans, Dimitri Seluk, the agent in question, holds the power this time, because to last year’s English Premier League champions, Yaya Toure is quite simply indispensable at this time. (B/R’s Sam Tighe has more on Toure’s value to City here.)
But, given how Toure’s contract situation has played out, the City hierarchy will be well aware of the possible repercussions if their powerhouse midfielder, one of Europe’s finest, decides to depart the Etihad this summer.
Here are five realistic targets who might just make Toure’s departure less damaging for Manchester City.
Disclaimer: Such phenomena as Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Juventus’ midfield duo of Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio are indispensable players at two of Europe’s biggest clubs, and thus weren’t included as realistic options.