Yaya Toure enjoys issuing ultimatums on his future at Manchester City. Or, rather, his agent Dimitri Seluk does. The Ivory Coast midfielder has already left the club a number of times, including in summer 2014, and is also moving to another English club.
Except he isn’t. Seluk has now revealed more on the 32-year-old’s future in an interview with The Sun which the tabloid describes as both ‘stunning’ and ‘jaw-dropping’. Crikey.
In it, Seluk issues a ‘one-week ultimatum’ to City fans and the board to decide whether they want to keep Toure’s future or not. The midfielder believes his importance to the side demands a more instant decision as opposed to waiting until the summer.
Seluk states that Toure wants his future to be sorted within the next week, and has asked fans to vocalise their support during Sunday’s Manchester derby. The hope is that the club offer a new three-year deal to the two-time Premier League winner.
Charming bloke, isn’t he, Seluk? You wonder just how much of this comes from Toure and not him.
Vincent Kompany gets injured a lot. Nicolas Otamendi has still not quite acclimatised to the Premier League. Eliaquim Mangala’s struggles are even more stark. Martin Demichelis is not very good.
As far as Manchester City and centre-backs go, their recent record is not great. Luckily the Daily Express provides the answer. It looks very, very familiar, mind.
‘Man City to splash £80m on Man Utd and Chelsea defender targets ahead of Guardiola arrival,’ reads the headline on their website. It looks strikingly similar to an exclusive reported by The Sun on March 7 – ten days ago. City want John Stones and Aymeric Laporte? Check. They will cost around £80million? Check. Manchester United and Chelsea also want one or both of the central defenders? Check.
Distinct lack of shame? A million times check.
THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE AIR THAT NIGHT, THE STARS WERE BRIGHT
Fernando. An unlikely player to be described at the centre of a two-way transfer battle, but there we go. Andrew Dillon of The Sun brings us an exclusive.
Dillon reports that Porto want to re-sign the midfielder from Manchester City, who ought to snap their hands off, drive him straight back to Portugal, and thank them effusively.
But the Portuguese side face ‘stiff competition’ for his signature. And that stiff competition comes from Liverpool. What?
Liverpool wanted to sign the midfielder in summer 2014 before a lucky escape saw him move to the Etihad Stadium instead. But Dillon claims that Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the Brazilian, and is ‘monitoring his situation’. The German will ‘only go as far as’ £10million for the 28-year-old however, which is generous.
Could you imagine a central midfield of James Milner and Fernando. Nothing would actually happen, but they’d run around a lot. And it would be glorious.
TER STEGEN UP FOR GRABS
Manchester United may need a new goalkeeper in the summer. If David De Gea finally completes his protracted move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, Louis van Gaal (or his successor) is left with Sergio Romero as first choice. And nobody wants that. He is a goalkeeper who screams ‘back-up’.
Liverpool may need a new goalkeeper in the summer. If Simon Mignolet continues to be Simon Mignolet, the Reds are in trouble. Because Simon Mignolet isn’t good enough for a side with Champions League ambitions. He is a goalkeeper who screams after his latest mistake allows the opposition to score.
As a result, both clubs are reportedly considering a move for Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The German moved to Spain in summer 2014, but has found his situation since rather difficult. He plays in the cup competitions, while seasoned veteran Claudio Bravo is Luis Enrique’s La Liga choice. Thanks to the Spaniard’s being rather good in the old cup competitions, the 23-year-old has made 41 appearances in two seasons, but that is not enough for the former Borussia Monchengladbach man.
So he could look to move away. He said on Tuesday that he does not wish to be a keeper for the future, but for the present. He would be an upgrade on Romero if De Gea leaves, and an upgrade on Mignolet full stop. The United move would make a semblance of sense, but Jurgen Klopp seems to be quite a big fan of Mignolet. In the Belgian’s defence, he has improved of late. Perhaps that five-year deal was a stroke of genius?
AND THE REST
Chelsea have been put on alert after Paris St-Germain central defender Marquinhos, 21 – a player they tried to sign last summer – revealed he could leave at the end of the season…Tottenham are planning a move for Mainz playmaker Yunus Malli, the 24-year-old Turkey international midfielder, according to reports in Germany…Manchester United are ready to bid £24m for Roma’s 25-year-old Italy international full-back or midfielder Alessandro Florenzi…Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin is among the candidates being considered for the role as Italy boss, with Antonio Conte due to leave in the summer…Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao, 21, has revealed his ambition is “to play for the best teams in the world such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United”.