Manchester City star Yaya Toure is reportedly willing to take a significant pay cut in order to force through a summer exit from the club, the Daily Express understands.
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The 32-year-old is being widely tipped to move on during the transfer window after his agent, Dimitri Seluk, claimed last week that an exit is “90% certain”.
Serie A giants Inter Milan are believed to be favourites to snap the Ivorian up in the coming months, as former boss Roberto Mancini has expressed a desire to work with him once again.
“I haven’t spoken to him lately,” said Mancini, who managed City between 2009 and 2013. “Of course everyone wants to buy the best players, so there will be other clubs interested in him.
“Can our rapport make the difference when choosing? It could well count and if the conditions developed so we could sign him, it could well be an advantage. At the moment we aren’t at that stage yet.”??
However, Inter’s problem is that they are not able to afford his salary in its current form. Toure earns a stunning £220,000-a-week at City, and after Inter were punished last week for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations they are said to be losing an estimated £80million a year.
And despite his advancing years, Inter are willing to offer him a four-year deal in which they will attempt to convince the former Premier League champions to cut their losses.