Javier Zanetti says Inter Milan are close to sealing a deal for Manchester City star Yaya Toure

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini worked with Yaya Toure at Manchester City and wants to be re-united with the midfielder this summer.

Yaya Toure has declined massively this season. Despite his match-winning brace against Swansea City last weekend, the Manchester City midfielder has not hit the heights he has achieved in the past.

The Ivory Coast international managed to hit the 20-goal mark last year, which from midfield is an unbelievable achievement, but has struck just half that tally in the league this term.

But it is his general play and demeanour that makes you think that City would be better off selling the vastly-experienced performer this summer. He obviously does not want to be at the club and has looked laboured far too often.

Toure has failed to step up in the big games and may benefit from a move away from the Etihad, with City interested in bringing in a younger model.

The 32-year-old powerful central midfielder has made no secret of his desire to move on in this upcoming transfer window.

He told the Daily Mail recently that he would be open to “new challenges”, with Inter Milan the most likely destination as they look to re-build their squad to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title.

Roberto Mancini is, of course, their manager once again and he is obviously a huge fan of Toure, after working with him for three years and winning several trophies during their time at City together.

Inter’s vice-president Javier Zanetti is extremely confident that his club can strike a deal with want-away Toure, sooner rather than later.

When asked about the Toure deal, Zanetti said: “We are at the stage where we hope we can complete it. Yaya would give us that leap in quality,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport, as reported by Sky Sports.

Any deal for Toure would appear to suit all parties. Inter would be getting a proven world class talent whilst Toure would get the move away from City that he clearly is after and City themselves would get a healthy fee and his almighty wages off their books.

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