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Manchester City Transfer News: Yaya Toure Opens Door to PSG Move

Manchester City's Yaya Toure smiles during his team's Champions League Group D soccer match against CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2014

Manchester City's soaring form may not be enough to keep Yaya Toure at the Etihad Stadium much longer after the Ivorian international admitted he'd be open to a move to Paris.

Toure commented on rumours linking him with Paris Saint-Germain, speaking to French radio station RMC (h/t Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler):

Why not? Everything's going well with City at the moment, but you never know. When you have big teams like that, who already have big players, it's obviously attractive. Being part of an adventure like that, a squad like that, is exceptional. For me PSG are a big club. They're a big team, full of history, with all the great players they have at the moment. 

I watched PSG-Nantes where they won 5-0. PSG are an exceptional force—they scare me. I have a lot of respect for them, too. They have the financial power that allows them to buy big players, and they have proved in the league that they're above the rest.

Since moving to the Premier League giants in July 2010, the midfielder has become arguably the most crucial component of City's rise to English prominence.

Managers and players alike have come and gone in that time, but ex-Barca misfit Toure has remained one of the team's jewels.

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According to Transfermarkt, the 30-year-old scored six goals and made seven assists during the Premier League triumph of the 2011-12 season.

The player's form has only gone from strength to strength, too, as Toure currently boasts 11 goals this term from just 21 league outings, again per Transfermarkt.

PSG have built their deep reserves of star quality at the Parc des Princes largely as a result of funding from Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), who took over the club in 2012.

It would be a surreal twist for City to become subject to the leering eyes of a fellow financial big gun, the English outfit having become accustomed to being the ones doing the poaching, not vice versa.

In terms of desperation, the Abu Dhabi-owned club would be under no requirement to cash in, but matters could be complicated if Toure becomes tempted to force a move away from the Etihad Stadium.

Back in 2010, BBC Sport reported that Carlos Tevez's written transfer request had been rejected by the club, who were willing to persevere through a controversial period in the forward's career to retain his services.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City is closed down by Glen Johnson of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (P
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Tevez would eventually exit the club more than three years later, but the Argentinian's case shows that, regardless of external interest, City can resist the factors that might affect other clubs.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are currently just one point off Premier League leaders Arsenal and recently became the fastest English side to record 100 goals across all competitions, per Infostrada Sports:

Toure's declaration of intrigue in PSG's attention will undoubtedly be of interest to fans in both Manchester and the French capital.

Although both clubs are spoiled for choice in the midfield ranks, it would seem that neither is set on settling for anything less than the best.

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