Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has labeled Yaya Toure one of the best players in the world, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian side have been linked with a move for the Manchester City midfielder, whose contract at the Etihad expires in 2017.
According to the report, the Italians believe a sum of just £6.7 million will be enough to tempt Manchester City into letting their star midfielder go, despite the fact they paid £24m to Barcelona for his services back in 2010.
“I worked with Touré and think he is one of the best players in the world,” Mancini said when asked about the player.
“But right now he is at Manchester City. It’s a difficult issue now but we’ll see in future. [Inter Milan is] a great club and one that holds much more appeal than some others who are near the top of the table."
The 31-year-old has arguably struggled for form and fitness, while many forget that he is still having to come to terms with the death of his brother over the summer, during Manuel Pellegrini’s second season in charge.
Toure also said he was unsure over his future during an interview with American station CNN while at the AFCON, although his manager refuted any questions over his commitment to the reigning Premier League champions.
This new interest from Inter Milan - and the comments from former manager Mancini - will surely bring about further speculation about his future at the Etihad, although whether Manchester City would be willing to lose Toure is yet to be seen.