Thursday, April 09, 2015

Inter Milan continue pursuit of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

Roberto Mancini has again outlined his determination to sign Yaya Toure from Manchester City this summer in a move that could destabilise the Premier League champions.

City are currently languishing fourth in England’s top flight and look set to surrender their championship crown to Chelsea.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini is already reportedly plotting for next season, with a host of transfer targets on his shopping list.

But were City to lose Toure, who reportedly tried to force an exit from the Etihad Stadium last summer, their plans to return to the top of English football would be severely dented.

In a move that would hand rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United major boosts ahead of next season’s title race, Mancini revealed he wants Toure to join him at Inter.

He said: “Yaya belongs to City, but if this move happens... I think it would be wonderful for Italian football too, as we need champions like this.

“We will try and then see what happens.”

Inter are currently enduring a worse season even than City, having clawed their way back from a disastrous start of the campaign to sit ninth in Serie A.

Mancini has grand designs for the team and has promised a spending spree on players this summer, with Toure reportedly set to land a £10million-a-year contract should he join.

But positive transfer talk has not prevented the fans showing their displeasure at the team and, following their 1-1 draw with crisis club Parma yesterday, protests were staged.

Mancini revealed he is unconcerned about the fan fury, although he admitted in England the supporters react differently to bad results.

Roberto Mancini has made Manchester City's Yaya Toure his top transfer target
“The fans are suffering, but they must realise we are suffering too,” he said.

“At times it takes longer than expected and they are right to be disappointed, but it’s already a difficult situation and getting insulted doesn’t help.

“Would that have happened in England? No, we Italians are different.

“In England even if the team doesn’t win, at the end of the season the fans applaud you anyway.”

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