Liverpool are heavily linked with a sensational move for Manchester City star Yaya Toure, and some Bookmakers suggest, the Reds are leading the race to sign the 250k-a-week midfielder, according to a report from Daily Star.
On Thursday, Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk even made it clear that Toure is planning to leave City this summer:
“From this moment we start to discuss with different clubs about Yaya going there in the summer. Yaya has given everything for the club and we don’t feel that this situation is the right way to show how much they appreciate him.”
Not only Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are also on pursuit for Toure whose colourful time at the club could be edging closer to an end.
An alleged source close to Toure further said: “Yaya and the family are very happy in the UK, they enjoy living here and see no reason to change. Also, Yaya has extended family here including brothers and sisters.”
According to UK Bookmakers Ladbrokes, Liverpool are 5/1 to be Toure’s next Premier League destination, and last week, a spokesman for the company suggested: “Pep’s arrival all but spells out the end for Yaya Toure, and if he sticks around in the Premier League, it’s Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp who are leading the chase.”
Yaya Toure clearly needs a new challenge, but will he make a move to Anfield? With Kolo Toure already at the club, Liverpool seem to have a major advantage with this particular transfer, and if the price is appropriate, he could certainly be a viable option.
However, Christian Benteke is now Liverpool’s highest earner on £140k-per-week, which happens to be signifiantly less than Toure’s current wages, and it looks unlikely that FSG will sanction £200k plus for a 32-year player who is in the twilight of his career.
But there are some clear benefits to signing Toure that you cannot deny. He is Incredibly robust, and rarely injured for more than a few matches at a time. Toure missed less than 15 games through injury since 2008.
He is also an experienced, bonafide leader, and proven winner of big trophies, qualities which are now in short supply at Anfield. Not only that, the veteran City midfielder has double figures for goals/assists every year over the past six years.
But Yaya Toure’s signing would appear to be bit odd one if other factors are taken into account.
Klopp may go for an overhaul in his midfield but it would likely be in a mould to emphasise high energy and pressing. Neither of those criteria could be tied to 32 year old Toure as he gradually advances in age and that is without mentioning his high wages.
In addition, the Reds hierarchy have preferred to favour a model of splashing out money on younger players, with a few exceptions like Kolo who in any case arrived on a free.
So it seems rumours of a move for Yaya could be jumping the gun, although fans at least have a chant for him based on the one they have reserved for his brother.