City to open talks with Yaya Toure?
- 24 February 2013 08:42
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
City are ready to open talks with Yaya Toure about a new five year deal worth £55 million, according to this morning’s reports.
Toure will have two years left on his current contract in the summer and the Daily Star claims the Blues are more than keen to secure his services longer term.
“No formal discussions have been planned with Toure, who has just returned to the Premier League after almost a month away on African Nations Cup duty,” writes Steve Millar.
“But he has come back fully committed to City, with the midfield maestro delighted to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
“Boss Roberto Mancini would love to harness Toure’s power and skills for the next five years and is in no doubt of the Ivory Coast star’s value to the club.”
Meanwhile, the same source has fuelled speculation that Everton are eyeing City winger Scott Sinclair.
“The former Chelsea and Swansea wide man has failed to break through at City after a £6million move from the Welsh club last summer,” reports Paul Hetherington.
“He was signed as a replacement for Adam Johnson, who was sold to Sunderland for £10m.
“Sinclair, 23, will be available this summer when Everton – who were interested in a loan deal in the January transfer window – will decide whether to make a firm bid.
“Another player on the way out at City – experienced defender Kolo Toure, 31 – is also attracting interest.”
Finally, ahead of today’s Premier League clash, Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has been speaking about his desire to finish above defending champions City.
“Chelsea will fight to finish as high as they can in the Barclays Premier League,” reports Mark Bryan’s of the Daily Mail.
“The Blues travel to second-placed Manchester City knowing a win will close the gap on the reigning champions to a single point.
Benitez said: “We'll try to finish second if we can, you never know - this is a massive game, so let's see where we are at the end. Until the last week, we may be fighting each other.”