According to Sport, Inter and Manchester City have been in negotiations regarding the transfer of Toure since January, when the player was competing in the Africa Cup of Nations. Meanwhile, Francesc Aguilar of Mundo Deportivo claims that Toure has rejected the offer of a new contract with City, and his agent has entered negotiations with Inter, with a view to securing a transfer for next season.
Toure’s current deal has nearly two and a half years left to run, and the midfielder will be 34 when it expires.
Inter boss Roberto Mancini has spoken repeatedly about bringing the City midfielder to Italy but the numbers do not add up.
Toure is 32 at the end of this season and his current contract pays him a reported £210,000 a week (€2,800). His weekly wages are at least three times that of Inter’s highest paid player Nemanja Vidic, who earns a reported €3.2m per year. There is a difference in that Premier League numbers are pre-tax while Serie A numbers are post tax, but the bottom line is that Toure earns more than Inter’s top three stars combined.
Inter under Erick Thohir ownership have been a lot more financially conservative than when Massimo Moratti ran the club, as Thohir is a big supporter of Financial Fair Play.
Inter do not currently have the revenue stream to pay for a world class star like Toure, But even if they did, Toure will be 32 years old when next season starts. Is signing a player of his age to a big money three or four year contract a good move financially? As much as I like Toure as a player, unless he took a massive pay cut to play for Mancini, signing him makes no sense for Inter.
Do you agree or disagree with me?