Ibrahima Toure has had an interesting career so far. The Senegalese international had a one-month spell at Metz as a youngster before being moved to Chinese side Chengdu Wuniu. He went on to play in Morocco before a fruitful four-year-stint in the Iranian league was followed by a goalscoring season with Ajman in the United Arab Emirates - but his journeyman career around the globe eventually led him to Europe, when he was signed by Monaco in 2011.
He became a sensation in the principality. In his first season he scored 10 goals in 17 appearances. In his second season he bagged 21 in 40 appearances for the mega-rich Ligue 2 side.
In November 2012 the powerful striker spoke about a potential move to the Premier League with one team in particular in mind:
"Playing in the Premier League is my dream. That is my wish. Would I stay if I have offers from England next summer? It will depend on what the club officials decide. We will see. Monaco are a big club but my long-term wish is to play in England, for example at Arsenal.’’
Last season the striker was compared on occasion to Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
He took the time to mention that he was honoured to be compared to Ibrahimovic by some members of the press - in relation to the influence he had to the success of his team:
"Monaco has the capacity to challenge in Ligue 1. PSG are no better than Monaco, on all sides. There are those in the media who say that Ibrahima is to Monaco what Ibrahimovic is to Paris ... It is a pleasure to be compared to a superstar like him.’’
So it seemed as if the Premier League was the natural destination for this boisterous centre-forward … so where is he?
Of course AS Monaco quickly forgot about those that got them promoted from Ligue 2 in the first place this summer. When the chance came to sign Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid - they took it.
Toure, perturbed, decided to leave the club - and he was shipped back to the Middle East, where he joined former Aston Villa winger Brett Holman at Al-Nasr of the United Arab Emirates.
After 31 goals in 58 games Monaco simply did not need the Senegalese striker anymore.
But he already has three goals in six games for Al-Nasr - so expect to see him back on the continent one day, perhaps at The Emirates.
Will you be keeping track of Ibrahima Toure’s progress?
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