Ian Wright has written in The Sun that he would sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure for Arsenal if he became available for £10 million in the summer transfer window.
Toure’s performances for defending Premier League champions City have been less than impressive so far this season.
The 31-year-old midfielder once again failed to rise to the occasion in the Manchester derby on Sunday, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side went down 4-2 at Old Trafford.
City fans have been criticising Toure, but Arsenal legend Wright still seems to rate the former Barcelona star highly.
“As soon as the final whistle blew on their 4-2 hammering by United on Sunday, they were flooding the phone-ins to put the boot in on Yaya Toure,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun.
“And they all seemed to have a similar view — if someone from Italy or wherever comes up with £10million in the summer, then flog him at once.
“Well first and foremost I have to say I think it’s hugely unfair that Yaya appears to be carrying the can for their Old Trafford hiding.
“And secondly, if you could get him for that price at the end of the season, I’d have him at Arsenal in a heartbeat.”
Toure has been one of the most important players for City over the years, but the midfielder has been struggling to play his best football this season.
The former AS Monaco star has scored eight goals and created 28 chances in 24 Premier League appearances so far this campaign, while having a pass accuracy of 89% and a shot accuracy of 41%.
Toure has won 41 of the 49 dribbles he has attempted and 21 of the 70 tackles he has made.
While suggestions that the City star is past his best may not be wrong, but £10m to sign a player like Toure would be cheap for a club like Arsenal.
Arsenal are not exactly in need for a player like Toure, but if the Ivory Coast international did become available for £10m, then it would not hurt for the Gunners to sign him.