After Kolo Toure's recent bust-up with his manager over his snub during City's 3-2 Community Shield win, could the Ivory Coast international now be used as part of a deal to bring Danish central-defender Daniel Agger from Liverpool to the Etihad?
When Kolo Toure arrived at Manchester City in 2009 after a £16 million transfer from Arsenal, it was Mark Hughes who was in charge and the Welshman did not hesitate in making the former Arsenal defender his captain.
Toure was a key part of the Gunners' Invincibles who soared to the Premier League title in 2004 and he had also won the FA Cup on two occasions during his time in North London. The Ivorian also had great experience of playing in a competition City were yet to qualify for - the Champions League.
Kolo Toure was the leader of the revolution that was Manchester City, until Roberto Mancini came along that is. At the start of the Italian's first full season at the club, he took the armband off of Toure and gave it to striker Carlos Tevez.
Although this was disappointing for the defender, he remained a first team regular so all was not lost. In February 2011 though, Toure failed a drug test and was banned from the March of that year until September - in that time, City won the FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League for the first time.
After his ban, Toure was only ever used a squad player as Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott established themselves in the heart of Mancini's defence. In City's title clinching season, Toure made only 14 appearances as he missed part whilst representing the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations - a competition his country finished as runners-up after losing the final on penalties to Zambia, a shoot-out in which Toure missed his spot-kick.This summer, Toure has been linked with a move to Turkish clubs Bursasport and Trabzonspor but both sides can't afford the £3 million City have valued him at (alot of money for a 31-year-old player with only 12 months left on his contract) plus his £120,000-a-week wage bill. So it seems unless Man City can find a buyer, Toure will be doing a lot of bench-warming this season. Stefan Savic started the season curtain-raiser at Toure's expense and then to make matters worse and almost to confirm that he was so far back in Mancini's thoughts, Gael Clichy replaced the Montenegrin defender at half time as City switched to a three-man defence. The 31-year-old clearly has no place in his manager's plans but still could play a very important part in shaping City's season. The Premier League champions have reportedly made up to two rejected bids for Liverpool's Daniel Agger with Reds' boss, Brendan Rodgers demanding a fee somewhere between 20 and 30 million for the Danish centre-back who has two years left on his contract. Agger has said he wants to stay at Anfield but while that will make happy reading for Liverpool fans, he has also said the situation is out of his hands and is unsure of what could happen. If City make another improved offer and include Kolo Toure as a makeweight, it could well be third time lucky. Liverpool would be tempted to accept as they would be getting an experienced, solid central defender and money for a player who has been injury-prone the last couple of years - money which they could use to strengthen their squad elsewhere.
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