FC Internazionale Milano vice-president Javier Zanetti has claimed the Italian Serie A side are on the verge of signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Côte d’Ivoire international, who joined City from Barcelona in a £24 million deal in the summer of 2010, is reportedly considering his long-term future, and former City manager Roberto Mancini is said to be closely monitoring the player’s situation.
When asked about the ongoing talks for the Ivorian midfielder, Zanetti told Gazzetta dello Sport: “We are at the stage where we hope we can complete it. Yaya would give us that leap in quality.”
In addition, Zanetti confirmed the club’s interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta, who played three seasons for the Nerazzurri before leaving for Paris in 2012.
“If Motta were to arrive, he could give so much,” added Zanetti.
“He knows the club, he has experience, quality and is one of the strongest midfielders that I have ever played with. He is very intelligent. To bring players like them would give us that leap in quality.”
Motta will become a free agent when his current deal at the Parc des Princes in the summer.
Sinclair joins Villa on four-year deal
Aston Villa F.C. have completed the permanent signing of Scott Sinclair from Manchester City following a successful loan spell at Villa Park.
Sinclair, 26, joined Villa on loan from City in January, and has gone on to score three goals in 11 appearances in all competitions for the Birmingham-based club.
The former Chelsea and Swansea City winger, who endured a dismal three-year spell at the Etihad Stadium following his £6.2 million move from Swansea in the summer of 2012, has penned a four-year deal with Villa.
“I am so happy,” Sinclair told the club’s official website, avfc.co.uk.
“We’ve had a fantastic end to the current season – and now I am already looking forward to the new season starting.
“It’s also great for me and the family to be settled now.
“For every footballer, it’s important to have that stability. I believe that will help me perform better and push on for this great club in the coming years.
“It’s so much different than when you’re on loan and going here, there and everywhere.
“It was important for the family to have that stability and I’m thrilled it’s with a club like Villa.
“This is the happiest I have been in a long time.
“Now it’s about kicking on with my career in claret and blue.”
Villa, currently priced at 5/1 to win the FA Cup, will host bottom-of-the-table Burnley on the final day of the 2014/15 English Premier League season.