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'English clubs chase Toure'

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

of Manchester City in action with of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Manchester, England.
of Manchester City in action with of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Yaya Touré's agent has claimed that Premier League clubs are among those interested in signing the Manchester City midfielder.

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Dmitri Seluk has arrived in Britain to discuss the Ivory Coast international's future with the player and the club, and declared it is "90pc certain" he will leave.

He claimed that Juventus are a possibility, as well as some clubs closer to home. "Inter are obviously one of the possibilities for Yaya's future," Seluk said.

"Juventus? I'd rather not talk about it, it's too early. There are also Premier League clubs interested. Paris Saint-Germain? They have so much money, they can afford him."

Money is likely to be the bottom line, and only a handful of clubs, with Real Madrid another possibility, could come close to his £220,000-a-week wages.

One Italian source says that City have used Touré as bait to try to lure Juve into parting with Paul Pogba - the claim is that City have told Juve they can take their pick from Touré, Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri and Alex Kolarov as part of a player-plus-cash swap.

Juve would baulk at Touré's wage demands, as he would expect something close to his deal at City.

Irish Independent

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