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Anzhi Makhachkala eyeing a big fish named Yaya Toure

Nishit Nakar
789   //    25 Mar 2013, 14:30 IST

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yay

Russian money spinning club Anzhi Makhachkala, who already boast stars like Samuel Eto’o, are showing interest in Manchester City‘s star midfielder Yaya Toure.

The determined Russians have been alerted of the news that the 29-year-old Ivory Coast international could well be on his way out unless discussions over a contract extension are resolved.

Meanwhile Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, even went as far as giving a deadline for an agreement to be concluded threatening that his player would be on his way out this summer if the deadline is not met with.

Toure, who joined the blue half of Manchester for a whopping £24 million in the summer of 2010, has two years left on a contract which offers him a cool £220,000 a week and has only recently stated his aspiration to stay in Manchester. Talks began last year itself over an extension of contract but have come to a halt since then.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is confident that this situation can be resolved but has immediate concerns to address in the form of FA cup semifinal and the last few matches in the league.

Anzhi are one of the handful of clubs who can provide Toure with an improved contract but manager Guus Hiddink has highlighted that they are reluctant to pay ‘crazy amounts’ to the players.

Turkey - Training & Press Conference

Other big clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid have also been linked but the duo would struggle to improve on Toure’s current contract. That would leave Yaya with the option of Anzhi, Zenit St Petersburg and Paris Saint-Germain as credible suitors who would be able to afford him.

Plans are in full swing for a major overhaul of City’s current squad in the summer with Barcelona’s ex-sporting director Txiki Begiristain, who is currently at City, eager to add around five to six new players.


City scouts have already on their radar Sevilla’s midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia as they were present on last Thursday when he appeared for France U20s while City are also keeping an eye on Borussia Dortmund’s playmaker Ilkay Gundogan, who tormented them in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Source: Daily Mail

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