Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk has claimed that the Ivorian is ready to play for Manchester City’s big six rivals for as little as £1-a-week
As reported by Daily Mirror, Dimitry Seluk has claimed that Yaya Toure is ready to join the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the summer transfer window. The agent further claimed that the former Manchester City superstar is prepared to play for as little as £1-a-week.
Yaya Toure established himself as one of the best players to ever play in the Premier League during his eight-year stint at Manchester City, playing a pivotal role in the club’s rise as a force in English football. The last couple of years at the Etihad were a struggle for the Ivorian as he became a bit-part player under Pep Guardiola, but he has left an illustrious legacy behind him.
His record for Manchester City is nothing short of exemplary, having made 316 appearances for Manchester City, with 79 goals and 50 assists to show for his efforts, with Toure even among the most prolific players in the Premier League. His career may now be on its last legs, but the player still seems intent on playing for a big club.
🗣 “Yaya has many offers from different countries, ready to pay a lot of money, but we decided to dedicate next season to Guardiola. The fact that Guardiola ended Yaya’s career at Manchester City is not even a mistake, but a crime.”
– Dimitri Seluk. 👀😳 pic.twitter.com/cJIe0JPcLr
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 6, 2018
Toure recently generated a lot of buzz by claiming that he was a victim of racism from Guardiola, who treated him cruelly at Manchester City. His agent, Dimitry Seluk has now come out to say that the player still has what it takes to play for a big club, claiming he can play for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United for £1-a-week.
“Now Yaya has many offers from different countries, where they are ready to pay a lot of money, but we decided to dedicate the next season to Guardiola. And to prove and show the fans of Manchester City that Yaya is not finished with football. He is full of energy and wants to play this season in England.”
“In the time when huge amounts of money are spent on footballers in England, I officially declare that Yaya is ready to move to any of the Premier League top-six clubs as a free agent and play for just £1 per week, with possible bonuses in case of certain achievements.”
“I believe that a player like Yaya would not harm Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool. Yaya – the winner. And never before has a top footballer with leadership qualities harmed any club, especially when it is not necessary to pay for it.”
The claim is certainly bold from Seluk, although with most of the big six clubs in the market for a midfielder, Yaya Toure could be an option. At Manchester United, Michael Carrick, and the potential departure of Marouane Fellaini will leave Jose Mourinho short of options, even though Fred has been signed from Shakhtar Donetsk.
A player like Yaya Toure could help Paul Pogba, around whom the team is being built, and enable him to achieve world class consistency. Toure has even teased a possible move to Manchester United, albeit in a tongue in cheek manner.
Meanwhile, Arsenal could use Toure to be an inspirational figure in a squad that is bereft of leaders. With Unai Emery looking to revamp his squad this summer, and with the future of Jack Wilshere uncertain, Toure could come in a short-term solution to bring some winning mentality into the side.
Chelsea are in a similar predicament as Manchester United, with Tiemoue Bakayoko struggling to settle and stamp his authority in midfield. With Toure playing alongside him, the Frenchman could end up achieving his full potential and take his career to big heights.
Liverpool though, might not really be in need of a midfielder – a position that is stacked with options for Jurgen Klopp following the signing of Fabinho, and the imminent arrival of Naby Keita. So, it remains to be seen if the manager adds another midfielder to his squad this summer.
The Yaya Toure saga is certainly taking some interesting turns, with Guardiola’s rift with Seluk not reaching an end. The player seems intent on playing for any of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, and it remains to be seen if the clubs look to sign him.