Andrea Ranocchia wants Manchester City's Yaya Toure at Inter Milan

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Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia says Inter Milan would love Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure to join the club.

Yaya Toure is expected to finally leave Manchester City this summer after a year or two of seemingly constant speculation.

Crunch talks between the Ivorian and Premier League club are reportedly scheduled for next week. In a humorous turn of events, it is believed that Toure kicked up what could be described as a tantrum when the club failed to supply a cake on his birthday last year.

At the time it appeared to be an agent’s tactic in attempting to lure Yaya Toure away from the Etihad, but he remains at the club a year later with fans unsure about what the future holds.

Inter Milan have been heavily linked with a move for the 32-year-old – per the Daily Mirror - with current boss Roberto Mancini having previously formed a productive working relationship with the midfielder at Manchester City.

Andrea Ranocchia, a defender at Inter Milan, has now increased speculation around Yaya Toure's future by admitting the squad at the San Siro would love the former Barcelona man to join them.

"Never mind welcoming Toure with open arms, I'll go myself to Manchester to pick him up," said Ranocchia in quotes carried by talkSPORT.

"He's a champion, a star, a winner. Great champions are always well received."

If one thing gets on the nerves of football fans of all clubs it is when players of other sides speak out about their stars in a business sense. Casting your mind back to when Cesc Fabregas was a member of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal squad, you will recall moments that saw Barcelona players openly speak out about the potential transfer, aggravating Gunners worldwide.

Toure has not had his best season in a Manchester City shirt, though, and is approaching the final years of his career, so maybe supporters won’t be that disappointed to see him move on.

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