Considering how many transfer rumours there are at this time of year, the Transfer Bin has been surprisingly empty of late. But we have a hefty one to dispense with this afternoon, following claims from France that Manchester United are considering a move for Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.
The claim comes from Le Parisian, in a report predominantly about Toure’s potential switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
Those links first began earlier this summer, after the “birthday snub” incident and the subsequent claims of dissatisfaction on the part of the Ivorian.
Toure talked up PSG and suddenly the rumour-mill went into overdrive. And even now Le Parisian is connecting the big-spending Ligue 1 side with the midfielder.
But within that same report are claims that both United and Chelsea are considering bids for the 31-year-old.
But I simply cannot see that happening, with City highly unlikely to sell to a domestic rival regardless of how much is offered.
With a contract until 2017, the Blues have absolutely no need to sell Toure if they do not want to. Of course if his reported unhappiness is true then a move could well happen, but it would – at least in part – be on City’s terms.
In short, they would never considerably strengthen either Chelsea or United, especially not after the outstanding individual season Toure so recently enjoyed.
So while the rumours may persist, some are just too outlandish to consider, this being one of them.