Chelsea lead transfer chase for Ivorian

Man City's Yaya Toure

Chelsea are winning the race to sign Ivorian international Yaya Toure in the summer, the Metro reports.

Toure has been reported to be unhappy at Manchester City, with suggestions that he is ready to buy out his contract if he isn’t offered a new deal this weekend.

The midfielder is currently on £220,000-a-week and would need to pay £22million to pay out his contract. Chelsea are ready to pay that amount in a signing-on fee, but face stiff competition from Real Madrid and PSG.

According to the Metro, Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk said: “If he signs a new contract in the next three of four days then OK. If not, we will not wait any longer and will start negotiations with different clubs.”

Seluk continued to add: “This is not about the money. It is for many reasons. He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”

Chelsea will see Toure as the perfect replacement for Frank Lampard, who is also having contract difficulties, and looks set to be a free agent in the summer. Real Madrid have also expressed their interest, where Jose Mourinho is said to be a big fan of the former Barcelona midfielder.

However, with Mourinho not expected to be at Madrid next season, it is Chelsea who are looking the most likely to sign the 29-year-old. Toure could feature in the Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifier against Gambia this weekend.

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