Ex-Manchester City boss believes Yaya Toure raid is feasible

Yaya Touré interview

Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure would be interested in a new challenge if his Inter Milan side made an approach.

Roberto Mancini has told Il Giornale that Inter Milan are considering an approach for Yaya Toure and believe that the Manchester City midfielder would be interested in taking on a new challenge.

The Daily Mirror has reported that a switch to Serie A could be made by the Ivorian midfielder this summer.

Mancini feels he is in a strong position to get a deal done and is plotting a raid on his former Premier League employers.

He claims Toure would be willing to discuss a move as he has never competed in the Italian top-flight.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed considerable success in Spain and England with Barcelona and City, and has also turned out in Belgium and Russia.

Mancini admits an approach from Inter is imminent, with it possible that Toure could be looking for a change of scenery after five years at the Etihad Stadium.

He told Il Giornale: “He's one of the best players in the world, he can still have his say. He played for many teams, in many leagues like Belgium, Spain, Russia, England. He only misses Italy, this may be a good chance for him.

"We're working on it. You know, there are some players who may change team and Yaya is one of them. Next year we may try: we just need three champions to close the gap with Juventus."

Would City be willing to sanction a sale?

Toure has been a colossus for City during a glittering era for the club.

He has helped them to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup triumph and League Cup win – and has been a leading figure at important times during those successful runs.

His powerful running and ability to shrug off challenges sets him aside from many of those alongside him at the Etihad.

  SeasonGoalsTotal Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistDuel WonTotal ContestTotal PassTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Yaya Touré 2013-2014 20 64 9 40 149 56 2,502 2,873 35 2,927
Gnegneri Yaya Touré 2012-2013 7 69 5 45 131 52 2,525 2,869 32 2,829
Yaya Touré 2014-2015 7 60 1 20 87 36 1,592 1,828 18 1,523

City do not have a direct replacement and, despite his numbers dipping this season, would have to spend big again in order to fill his boots.

They have him tied to a long-term contract which is due to run until 2017, so have no need to sell.

Having seen him add goals to his game and become a talismanic figure – after being more of a holding player at Barcelona – Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to let Toure leave without a fight.

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