As many European clubs are preparing to go on a spending spree this summer transfer window, Spanish giants Barcelona are doing the opposite. The Catalan club is seeking to offload 2 key players and possibly make some money while in the process.
Yaya Toure and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the 2 faces you might not see next season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to the Nou Camp last summer in a multi-million dollar swap deal that saw Cameroonian international Samuel Eto’o replace him at Inter as Mourinho’s preferred out and out striker. The Swede has however failed to live up to his billing and club president Joan Laporta has apparently placed a 40 million pound price tag on his head. If you didn’t know then now you do.
Laporta is certainly not the only one who hasn’t been impressed with Ibra’s form this season. I for one think that the Swede is highly overrated and hold’s his team captive with his attitude problem. Whether his assumed move materializes is something we will have to wait to know.
As for his colleague Yaya Toure, the Ivorian has a “90 per cent chance of leaving Barcelona this summer” this is according to his agent Dimitri Seljuk. Toure who turns 27 today, is leaving the Nou Camp because his agent is afraid that Barcelona could be avoiding to honour the clause on his contract that allows him to receive a major financial bonus if he features in more than 60 per cent of official matches in any season.
Toure’s has been linked with a move to Arsenal and his addition to the Gunners squad could provide Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with more options in that crucial defensive midfield position.
These words from Seljuk should erase any doubts you may have “He is happy in Barcelona but I think most clubs in Europe are interested in the services of Yaya Toure. In any case, Arsenal are interested in him and I think we can do something with the club of Arsene Wenger.”
With one game left to play, Barcelona are on the brink of defending their La Liga title successfully and what better way for Toure to leave other than with a winners medal.