City poised to snap up Toure

29 June 2010 08:23
Manchester City are finally set to complete the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure from Barcelona. The 27-year-old, who can also play in defence, has been on World Cup duty with his country in recent times, but is now set to put the finishing touches on a switch to Eastlands, as soon as Barca's new president, Sandro Rosell, takes office. A statement on Barcelona's official website read: "Director general Joan Oliver has recognised an understanding between the club interested in the midfielder, Manchester City, and Barca, but the transfer cannot be made official yet." Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, added in Spanish newspaper Sport: "I think we will have a solution this week. "In fact, I would say that it will be done on the first or second of July - maybe on the second because the first will be a very busy day at Barca with the change of president. "Yes we have to talk, but of course the reality is not going to change in one moment. "Yaya wants to play the important games and he knows that he will be an important player at Manchester City. "It is not a money problem, as I have said 1,000 times, but a problem of the lack of confidence that Barca have in him."

Source: ESA