Manchester City are set to sell off Yaya Touré in the transfer market in January, even to a rival Premier League club, as there seems to be no resolution of the conflict between Touré and Coach Pep Guardiola. Feelers from Etihad Stadium indicated that City are set to part ways with talented midfielder as both Touré and his agent are yet to apologise to Guardiola.
The London Guardian reported that the reigning view at the Etihad Stadium base of the English Premier League leaders is that Touré is free to join any Premier League club in January, with Manchester City prepared to allow the midfielder to leave for a direct rival.
Touré has yet to decide if he wants to depart in the winter window despite Pep Guardiola’s declaration that the Ivorian will not play for City again unless his agent, Dimitri Seluk, apologises for recent criticism. Guardian said the club would countenance the Ivorian moving to another domestic team even if they were challenging City for the title.
”The view at the Etihad Stadium is that at 33, Touré’s best days are behind him and so if the midfielder were to attract interest he would be unlikely to damage City’s chances of success,” Guardian reported.
There is an outside chance he could play for City again and see out his £220,000-a-week contract, which finishes next June. However, Guardiola has made clear Seluk would have to say sorry for accusing the Catalan of humiliating Touré by leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad. In response to Guardiola’s demand, Seluk insisted there would be no apology.
As Touré also retired from international football with the Ivory Coast on Tuesday there is the prospect of him playing no football at all until next season unless he were to depart City in January.