Yaya Toure’s agent has threatened that his player will quite the club if he isn’t given what he wants in a new contract.
The conflict between Toure and City doesn’t have to be resolved any time soon because his current deal expires in the summer of 2015. However, the media reports are suggesting that there is a lot of tension, which could make the situation untenable as both parties seem to want different things.
For United, seeing, their biggest rivals for the Premier League title and other domestic silverware struggling to hold onto their key man is a positive thing, and they must wish they could turn the screw further by signing him.
He could make United a greater side than they already are as he would become not only the enforcer in the side, but the driving force of their midfield attack, which United have been lacking ever since Roy Keane left.
Toure doesn’t seem to be the sort of player or person who would be particularly bothered about the context of a move from City to United because he’s making it clear that most of his motives are entirely selfish.
That’s also something else which casts a little bit of doubt over a possible move to United. Ferguson is not a manager who likes players at his club who think they are bigger or more important than they are, which could cause a tiny bit of friction if the club signed Toure, but to get one over on City he would put that aside.
Roberto Mancini would however refuse the player permission to join City’s arch rivals because it would drastically dent their own chances of winning trophies. So would the City hierarchy, who would not simply let United walk all over them as Arsenal did last summer.
However, United need someone like him and if he becomes available, they will have to look at the desired price, the contract requests and move from there.
Toure would offer a presence and intimidation to the United midfield, which it doesn’t already have. He’d drive the attack of the side forward and would protect the younger, smaller and more vulnerable players in the side well.
It would be difficult for Ferguson to resist the temptation to change him back into a holding player, which is how he spent most of his career at Barcelona, because his best performances for City have been as an attacking midfielder, but Toure is so talented that he could adapt to whichever role is required of him.
It would be a real coup and another reason for United to stick it to City. It would certainly be a transfer that would improve the current side and give them a better chance of retaining the title next season, which they appear destined to win this season.
Unfortunately for United fans, the message here is dream on, as City hold all the cards - All they need to do is to find a younger, cheaper and available version of Toure.
Which is easier said than done...
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