Yaya Toure: Chelsea and the 5 Most Likely Transfer Destinations for Man City Ace
One of the world's top midfielders might be on the market according to recent reports, with Yaya Toure and his agent quoted as telling Manchester City he will leave in the summer if he does not agree a new contract in the coming days.
In fact, Toure has apparently set a deadline of Saturday for the new deal to be agreed, or else he will request a move out of the club (via Guardian).
Given his reported wages of a quarter of a million pounds sterling each and every week, it would be interesting to know exactly what more he is asking for, with two years still remaining on his present deal. Indeed, it also begs the question who would be willing to stump up both a hefty transfer fee and increase the wages to the level that Toure and his agent clearly feel he deserves?
Here, though, are five such teams who could come up with the financial package to suit City and Yaya—starting with Roman Abramovich and his Chelsea side.
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Chelsea certainly have the financial muscle to come up with an attractive deal for both player and his present team, and we all know Roman loves a big, new expensive toy/project.
As an added bonus, Chelsea will actually require a strong offensive presence in midfield next season if, as looks probable, they press ahead with plans to release veteran vice-captain Frank Lampard when his contract runs out.
Yaya can fulfil either defensive or attacking duties in the two-man central midfield system that Chelsea utilise, though of course tactics could change next term if they bring a new boss in too.
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One of the newest European clubs to have come into big money are Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain.
Carlo Ancelotti has plenty of midfielders at his disposal already of course, but PSG are pressing hard for success both domestically and in Europe this season and will very likely strengthen significantly again in summer.
While David Beckham has come in to add experience and depth until the end of the season, he is only on a short-term deal, while Marco Verratti has also been linked with a move away in summer (via Express).
In that instance, the power and technical ability of Yaya Toure would be a massive addition for PSG if they could convince him to come to France.
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Yaya Toure made his name as one of the best midfield players in the world when he played at Barcelona, but it's not inconceivable that he goes on to play for their arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Real have endured a terribly disappointing season in La Liga, where they are soon to give up their hard-won title with rather a whimper—not unlike Yaya Toure's present team, Manchester City.
As a result, they are sure to restructure at least part of their team in the summer, with midfielder Xabi Alonso frequently rumoured to be heading out of the Santiago Bernabeu (via Daily Mail), though whether that would mean they turn straight to Toure is unclear.
Real would still have Luka Modric and Sami Khedira for those midfield places, but with Michael Essien also coming to the end of his loan spell, there would definitely be a place in the side for a big, powerful player to run the game with quality.
And that pretty much sums up Yaya Toure.
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Admittedly, this would be a rather unexpected move—but what odds on Galatasaray continuing their rebuild of a squad with experienced, once-top-class players?
Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder both signed in January, to go alongside the talents already in Turkey such as Burak Yilmaz, the top scorer in this season's Champions League.
It would definitely be a surprise move for Toure to move there, but Gala have the financial means to pull off the deal and have shown by reaching the last eight of this season's premiere continental competition that they have plenty of quality to attract big-name players, too.
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Having briefly touched earlier upon Yaya Toure's success at Barcelona, would it be any great surprise to see him reunited with his former boss from Spain, as his marquee signing at new club Bayern Munich?
Pep Guardiola will join the Bavarian side in the summer and, though no great restructuring is needed to what is already one of the world's best teams, and squads, it is nonetheless inevitable that Pep will want to bring in one or two new names.
If Toure was available, Guardiola would almost certainly love to have him at the club. He and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the centre of midfield would be a formidable partnership, while it would allow Javi Martinez to revert to the defensive role—with the ability to break forward—that he operated in during his final season at Athletic Bilbao.
Guardiola will make one or two changes to the playing team and style, and the signing of Yaya might take him more than one step closer to lining the side up as he wants.