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Yaya Toure’s agent has dropped a bombshell by saying that his client would willingly join any of the top six English clubs, other than Manchester City, for a salary of just £1-a-week.
Speaking to Russian outlet Sport24, Toure’s agent insisted his client isn’t done with Premier League football just yet, despite being released by Manchester City this summer.
“Yaya has many offers from different countries, where they are ready to pay a lot of money,” the agent explained.
“But we decided to dedicate the next season to Guardiola. And to prove and show the fans of Manchester City that Yaya has not finished with football. He is full of energy and wants to play this season in England.”
“At a time when huge sums are being spent in England for the purchase of football players, I officially declare that Yaya is ready to move as a free agent to any English club of the top six with a salary of 1 pound a week. But with a bonus system based on certain successes.
“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.”
In fairness to Yaya, he didn’t get much of a chance to prove himself this season in England. He only managed 10 Premier League appearances all campaign, and just one start. He clearly still has a lot of confidence in his abilities, and wants to prove that Manchester City were wrong to let him go.
It could well be a move Arsenal are interested in. After all, the club do seem to be on the hunt for a tall, physical midfielder. Previously, it seemed like Toure’s wage demands would get in the way of a potential move, but if he’s willing to lower them to get another chance in a top Premier League club, perhaps he could be worth a shot.
We’ll see if Unai Emery and his transfer team have any interest in the player in the coming weeks.