Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that midfielder Yaya Toure will be ending his eight-year association with the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, and Chelsea should look to bring the 34-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Well, the 102-cap Ivory Coast international signed a one-year contract, which sees him earn £100,000-a-week according to the Daily Star, to stay at the Etihad last summer, and Guardiola and the club have decided that it won’t be extended again at the end of the current campaign.
It will bring an end to what has been a largely successful career for the midfielder, who turns 35 years of age next week, who has won three Premier League titles during that period, who has scored 79 goals in 315 appearances in total.
Meanwhile Chelsea, whose fans are more confident that they will sign Anthony Martial this summer after his latest Manchester United display, could be for set for a big summer of change with manager Antonio Conte seemingly likely to go and the club looking to be in need of an overhaul in terms of personnel.
While the Ivorian has been a huge success at the Etihad Stadium over the years, he has found first-team football hard to come by under Guardiola this term.
The 34-year-old has started seven matches in the Champions League and the EFL Cup, but all of his nine outings in the English top flight have come from the substitutes’ bench.
Despite only playing 142 minutes of Premier League football during the current campaign, Toure has still produced two assists to show the quality that he still has in his locker.
They certainly should.
The midfielder would provide some much-needed experience in the middle of the park for the Blues next term in what could prove to be a transitional season, and could help them in their quest to compete for the Premier League title again – albeit if only from the substitutes’ bench more often than not.
With the likes of Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko failing to impress, the Blues may need extra bodies in that area next term, and the 34-year-old could even help the latter develop into the player that Chelsea hoped he would be when they signed him from Monaco last summer.