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Yaya Toure set to complete 25m switch from Barcelona to Manchester City

15 Jun 2010 11:42:55

Yaya Toure set to complete 25m switch from Barcelona to Manchester City

City slicker: Toure is focused on the World Cup but he is set to arrive at Eastlands after the tournament Manchester City are reportedly on the brink of sealing the £25million signing of Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure.  The Ivory Coast international admits he wants to move to the Barclays Premier League and outgoing Barca president Joan Laporta has confirmed that negotiations for his departure are at an advanced stage. Arsenal and Chelsea are also interested in the 27-year-old, but sports paper El Mundo Deportivo say City will be the ones who clinch a deal and reunite the former Monaco man with his brother Kolo at Eastlands. Laporta has briefed his successor Sandro Rosell on where the club are at with negotiations to sell Toure and buy Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas. Before meeting Rosell, who takes over formally on July 1, he said: 'I'll talk to him president to president to update him on some issues, as in the case of transfers and signings. 'Selling Toure is very advanced and I will also inform him of how the negotiations are for Cesc Fabregas. The player (Fabregas) wants to come, Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain hope that the deal is made and I suppose that Rosell will have the same determination.' For his part, Toure has reaffirmed his desire to play in the Barclays Premier League. Speaking ahead of the Ivory Coast's World Cup opener against Portugal, he said: 'I want to go to play in the Premier League because it is a very nice competition and I love that. Homeward bound? Barca remain determined to take Fabregas back to Catalonia 'Every time when I hear a Premier League game is on I go home to watch it. After the World Cup I will decide what I want to do but for now I want to focus on the World Cup and Ivory Coast.' Meanwhile, Arsenal may have insisted Fabregas was not for sale when they rejected a £29m bid from Barcelona on June 1, but Laporta insists his club will not drop their interest. 'The negotiation is now on standby - calm but tense,' he said. 'The sooner everything is unlocked the better, but you must understand that we as the buying club want to pay as little as possible and Arsenal, as the sellers, want to collect from us as much money as possible.'   Manchester City hover as Dani Alves rejects Barcelona's latest contract offerToure's agent slams Barcelona for pricing out Arsenal and Man CityBarry can't wait to join Lampard and Gerrard in England engine roomSunderland set to tie up a £3.5m deal for Man City defender Nedum OnuohaFabregas should forget about move to Barca, says old Arsenal pal GilbertoGet Fabregas! Cesc's Barcelona move edges closer after Rosell's electionMANCHESTER CITY FC


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