Manchester United Transfer News: Yaya Toure Agent Fuels Red Devils Move Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2017

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The agent of Yaya Toure has said he would be happy to negotiate a deal for Manchester United to sign the midfielder from Manchester City.

Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports quoted Dimitri Seluk stating the player is "open to negotiations" from other clubs as he contemplates his future beyond the end of the season. The representative said the Sky Blues have not indicated if they are willing to give Yaya a new deal to remain in coach Pep Guardiola's squad.

"At this moment the situation like this; from yesterday we officially started negotiating with different clubs about his future," Seluk said.

He continued:

We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say but until now Manchester City don't say anything. Before March, we didn't negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited. But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June and have no negotiations with anybody.

Some clubs have contacted me. Now we have three options. I don't speak about Yaya and China or the MLS. He will play in Europe. I have spoken with clubs in different countries; Italy and Spain.

When asked about the possibility of Yaya arriving at the Theatre of Dreams, Seluk replied: "Why not? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona. I understand this is two clubs who are rivals, but for me, for example, this is not a problem from Yaya or from me, this problem will be from Manchester City staff."

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According to Solhekol, the player's preference is to remain at City, but with United's name added to the mix, his departure might be fraught with protest from Sky Blues supporters.

Yaya has recovered his form under Guardiola in recent weeks after spending a significant portion of the campaign out of the starting XI.

The powerhouse has started 14 games in the Premier League this season, scoring four goals, according to WhoScored.com.

Football writer and United fan Nooruddean Choudry questioned whether Yaya has the requirements to play in Mourinho's side:

Nooruddean @BeardedGenius

I'd love Yaya Toure at United. Would really address the lack of speed, mobility and energy in the team 👍👍

Michael Carrick's future at United remains in doubt, according to James Ducker of The Telegraph, potentially opening up space in the midfield for a new signing to slot in.

Toure has the necessary experience to replace the valuable midfield talent, but he would not offer a like-for-like solution.

Yaya's best days are behind him, and a switch to United could see him spend more time on the bench.

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At 33, the player wants the security of a starting place, and it is unlikely he would pair up in the centre with Paul Pogba.

United need a mobile signing to arrive in the summer, and a young talent such as Tiemoue Bakayoko of Monaco would be a more suitable replacement for Carrick.

According to Mark Ogden of ESPN FC, the 22-year-old is firmly on Mourinho's wishlist, and United could move for his services in the summer.


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