The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Eastlands will mean the departure of Yaya Toure from Manchester City, especially after Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying that
The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players.
Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is desperate to bring Toure to the San Siro but that is looking very unlikely if the story of interest from China for the midfielder is true.
According to The Telegraph, Toure will be offered a stunning £30million-a-year contract to move to China,
The article states that:
At least three Chinese clubs have already expressed an interest in signing Toure with one, thought to be Jiangsu Suning, discussing the prospect of paying the player £30m-a-year after tax.
That would see Toure earn £576,923-a-week in China, which is more than double his current £240,000-a-week salary at City.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is the highest earner in world football on £47.8m-a-year, while Cristiano Ronaldo is estimated to collect £39.7m-a-year at Real Madrid.
But the money on offer in China would put Toure ahead of the current third-best paid player in the world, Neymar, who is paid £26.8m-a-year by Barcelona.
The Chinese Super League clubs are currently throwing money at footballers based in Europe and South America, with Guangzhou Evergrande smashing China’s transfer fee record Wednesday when they announced a deal to secure Atletico Madrid’s unsettled Colombian striker Jackson Martinez for €42m. Last week Jiangsu spent over £20m to sign Ramires from Chelsea and paying the midfielder £10m-a-year net.
Unlike Martinez and Ramires, Yaya Toure is on the downside of his career. At 32 his best days are behind him. To make him the third highest paid player in the world now is very reminiscent of Anzhi Makhachkala’s overpaying Samuel Eto’o in 2011 to make him the highest paid player in the world.
Whether Toure ends up in China next season is still be seen, but it is clear this will be his last season in the Premier League and that it is extremely unlikely that he ends up in Serie A with Inter Milan.