Saturday 16 December 2017

City sign up Toure for £30m

Rory Smith

MANCHESTER City are set to take their summer spending to more than £100m after making Yaya Toure their third signing of the close season. The Barcelona and Ivory Coast midfielder has signed a five-year deal after the two clubs agreed a £30m fee.

Toure joins German international defender Jerome Boateng, an £11.5m capture from Bundesliga side Hamburg, and £24m Spain international David Silva as manager Roberto Mancini looks to build a squad capable of taking the world's richest club into the Champions League.

The Italian is thought to be ready to seal at least two more signings in the next week, with the Benfica defender David Luiz and Aston Villa's England international James Milner his priority targets.

Reports coming out of Portugal suggest City may already have made a £26m approach for Luiz, who has also attracted interest from Real Madrid. The Portuguese club's president, Filipe Vieira, though, will not allow the Brazilian to leave for less than what he sees as his "true market value" after already agreeing the £20m sale of Angel Di Maria to the Bernabeu.

Mancini is also hopeful of tying up a deal for Milner, though Villa's refusal to budge on their £30m valuation has stalled any potential deal. The Eastlands outfit have already had one bid, of around £24m, rejected.

Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun has become Chelsea's first signing of the summer after completing his £5.5m move from Liverpool. The Israel international, who spent three years at Anfield, has signed a £75,000-a-week contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2013.

Benayoun will be the first of a number of midfield reinforcements after Chelsea released Joe Cole and Michael Ballack, while Deco is also though to be close to departing west London. Manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that much of Benayoun's appeal lay in his versatility, saying: "Yossi has a lot of quality in midfield and can play in lots of positions. He will do a great job." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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