Yaya Toure to be allowed to join City rival club in January window
Yaya Toure wants to stay in the Premier League if he leaves Manchester City in the January transfer window.
The Ivory Coast star accepts he has no future at the Etihad following a spectacular fallout between his agent Dimitri Seluk and new City boss Pep Guardiola.
Toure turned down a lucrative offer from China in the summer as well as a chance to move to Inter Milan because he does not want to uproot his family from their Cheshire home, and remains keen to continue his career at a more competitive level in England.
City want to get Toure’s £220,000 (Sh29.0m)-a-week wages off their books and will be open to offers in January.
It’s understood they would be prepared to let the 33-year-old midfielder join one of their rivals.
Toure returned to training this week but was not included in the extended party that travelled to South Wales for Wednesday night’s English Football League Cup tie at Swansea.
Toure has yet to decide if he wants to depart in the winter window despite Guardiola’s declaration that the Ivorian will not play for City again unless his agent, Dimitri Seluk, apologises for recent criticism. It is understood the club would countenance the Ivorian moving to another domestic team even if they were challenging City for the title. The view at the Etihad Stadium is that at 33, Toure’s best days are behind him and so if the midfielder were to attract interest he would be unlikely to damage City’s chances of success.
There is an outside chance he could play for City again and see out his contract, which finishes next June.
However, Guardiola has made clear Seluk would have to say sorry for accusing the Catalan of humiliating Toure by leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.
Yaya Toure of Manchester City during the Champions League Play Off 2nd Leg match at the Etihad Stadium August 24. /BACKPAGE PIX