After months of speculation about his future, the agent for Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says that his ward is “90 percent” sure to leave the team this summer.
Agent Dimitri Seluk revealed Toure’s status in an interview with Sky Sports. He added that there are currently three teams that have shown interest in getting the 31-year old midfielder. Former Manchester coach Roberto Mancini, who was also Toure’s mentor in his early years with the club, has been reportedly seeking to bring the player to Inter Milan. Toure also hinted months back that Paris Saint Germain is also seemingly interested in him. However, Selik declined to divulge the names of the three clubs. “Nothing has been decided — we are waiting until the end of the season,” the agent said.
Toure had said weeks back that he still desires to stay with the City for the foreseeable future, a statement that Seluk seconded. “Yaya loves Manchester City and, despite what is sometimes said, he is happy at the club. In fact, he would like to stay for life. He would love nothing better than to finish his playing career with City and then work for the club after that,” the agent said in an earlier interview.
However, sports analyst say that recent developments in the City’s campaign this season might have contributed to Toure’s decision to leave. The midfielder has been heavily criticized by fans and the media for a lacklustre showing in Manchester’s last games in the Premier League.
Should Toure decide indeed leave, his team is expected to be keen in assessing the offers that would come by for the player, as this is the last transfer season that they will be able to command a loarge transfer fee for him. Analysts say that this could also be an opportunity for Manchester to reduce the age of their roster. Toure is set to celebrate his 32nd birthday in two weeks’ time.