Manchester City transfer round-up: Toure talks future, strikers discussed

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Toure refuses to commit

Yaya Toure has cast further doubt over his Manchester City future after refusing to commit to the club past this season.

Currently away with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, the 31-year-old was asked in an interview with CCN whether he would still be part of Manuel Pellegrini's squad next term, and gave a far from encouraging answer.

"That's a big question and that's an easy question as well, and you have an easy answer... we'll see," he said. "I don't know. I'm at City. City is a great club where I've achieved lots of things."

There's no reason to panic at this stage, but big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain might just be circling.

Jovetic going nowhere

Another player whose City future has been in doubt in recent days is Stefan Jovetic, with Wilfried Bony's £25 million arrival sparking rumours of an imminent departure.

Reports in Italy, including from Gazzetta dello Sport, have claimed that Serie A champions Juventus are keen on a move for Montenegrin striker this month, but Pellgrini has insisted that he will be going nowhere.

"Yes of course he has a future here, Stefan is a very important player for us," he was quoted by the Manchester Evening News from his media conference.

"Bony arrived now in the winter transfer [window], it was a decision we took after selling Alvaro Negredo. He is replacing Alvaro.

"The squad worked with Alvaro so if we sold him it was because he had a personal problem that he didn't want to continue here. But Bony just replaces Alvaro, he's not replacing Stefan Jovetic."

Stoke rule out Dzeko move

Not one but two City strikers have been linked with exits this month in fact, with the Stoke Sentinel reporting earlier this week that Mark Hughes will look to make a run at Edin Dzeko.

Hughes himself admitted to Sky Sports that there would be interest if a move was viable, but the Potters boss appeared to label it a pipe dream at this point.

"We don't really like talking about players we haven't brought to the club," he said. "For the moment we have to keep our cards to close to our chest.

"I can tell you straight there would be interest [in Dzeko] if it was ever viable, but it's not one we could ever contemplate doing unfortunately."

City tracking Ligue 1 left-back

It's not all departure news at the Etihad, though, with French sports site Le10 Sport reporting that City have joined Premier League rivals Arsenal in showing interest in Lorient left-back Raphael Guerreiro.

Guerreiro, 21, joined the Ligue 1 club from Caen in 2013 and has since established himself as one of the top prospects in French football, recording four goals and three assists in 20 top-fight games this season.

The French-born defender made his international debut for Portugal in November, scoring in a 1-0 win over Argentina, and has been compared to Real Madrid star and compatriot Fabio Coentrao.

His impressive performances have not gone unnoticed across Europe, with the Daily Mail reporting Arsenal’s interest earlier this month, and City and AC Milan now named as fellow chasers.

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