The Sun claim today that Newcastle UNited are considering making a move for Manchester City central midfielder Yaya Toure, as it’s almost certain he will be leaving Manchester City this summer when his contract runs out.
Newcastle are said to be one of the clubs willing to pay his massive wages of around £250K/week which would easily make him the highest paid Newcastle player ever, but the competition for the Ivory Coast international could be tough.
Yaya is looking for first team football in the Premier League and he would get that at Newcastle but we wonder if we could afford this excellent player who has scored enough goals against us in his time.
Yaya Toure – free agent this summer
To get a team in the Premier League it seems that Yaya would need to reduce his wage demands.
Surprisingly, newly promoted Brighton are said to be interested as are West Ham so it doesn’t look like the big clubs are in for him but there has to be interest from top European sides too.
But we just cannot see Mike Ashley splashing out £250K/week on one player – not this summer – although he will need to do that in the future as Rafa builds a top side in the Premier League.
Yaya turns 34 years old on Saturday so he’s not going to get any better, which is one thing Mike Ashley and maybe even Rafa Benitez would like from the players he brings in, so there’s some sell-on value.
His contract runs out at the end of June so he would be a free agent but he would also probably want a huge signing-on bonus.
Yaya joined Manchester City from Barcelona back in 2010 and in seven seasons in Manchester, he’s made 295 appearances with 78 goals and 48 assists for City and he’s made 102 International appearances for the Ivory Coast.
Yaya’s been a world-class player in his time certainly, but maybe Rafa wants to bring in younger players who he can coach to become world class players of the future?
What do you think?