Agent: Toure is Premier League-bound

03 June 2010 08:40
Yaya Toure's agent claims the Barcelona midfielder has already signed a deal with a Premier League club - and will arrive after the World Cup.[LNB] Toure has long been linked with a move to England with Manchester City, captained by his older brother Kolo, thought to be leading the race for his signature.[LNB]City's cross-town rivals United are also reportedly interested, while Kolo's former club Arsenal have been monitoring him for several years and Tottenham have also been linked with him following their fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.[LNB]"If everything goes well, Yaya will go to England," Dimitri Seluk told Ona FM.[LNB]"But we can't talk about definite clubs. We already have a closed deal, and all will be resolved before the World Cup."[LNB]Toure joined Barcelona in a nine million euro deal from Monaco in June 2007 and immediately became a regular in the team, adapting to a more defensive midfield role.[LNB]The Ivory Coast international was a key member of the stunning Barca side that lifted six trophies in 2009 and he extended his stay at the Nou Camp only last summer - but he fell out of favour in the latter part of the season.[LNB]A sticking point for interested clubs could be the high transfer fee Barca are likely to demand, with the Catalan giants reportedly slapping a 36million euro price-tag on the 27-year-old.[LNB]Seluk added: "It seems to me too much money. His club have shown they want him to leave, it's not normal that they're asking for this amount.[LNB]"If (Barca president Joan Laporta) likes Toure so much, he could have explained why he didn't play so much.[LNB]"This year we haven't spoken to him even one time, and if he leaves it's because that was lacking."[LNB]Some reports have suggested Toure could be used in a part-exchange deal to take Cesc Fabregas back to Barca from Arsenal, although with that deal still a long way from any agreement, it seems those reports are off the mark.

Source: Team_Talk