Sunday, June 24, 2018

Yaya Toure ready for pastures new; Lens planning PSV exit

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is reportedly seeking a new challenge away from the Etihad Stadium, with his agent Dimitri Seluk revealing that he could sign for a bevy of “big clubs”, including the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea or FC Barcelona, Sky Sports understands.

Yaya Toure made 44 appearances for English Premier League champions Manchester City last term, tallying nine goals and nine assists in all competitions for Roberto Mancini’s side.

“Toure has done everything that he can with City and needs new motivations,” revealed Seluk.

“He could sign for many big clubs, like Chelsea or Bayern Munich, but I would like it if Barca made a bid for him.”

Toure, who joined the Catalans from Monaco for a transfer fee of €10 million in 2007, spent three seasons at the Camp Nou, where he won seven trophies, including back-to-back La Liga titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In 2010, Yaya Toure joined his brother Kolo at Manchester City in a deal involving a reported transfer fee of £24 million.

Since arriving at the Etihad Stadium, the Côte d’Ivoire international has won three trophies at the club, including last season’s Premier League title, City’s first league triumph since 1968, which prompted Manchester United to remove their infamous “trophy-less” banner from Old Trafford.

Lens planning PSV exit

According to Sky Sports, Holland international forward Jeremain Lens is planning to leave his current club PSV Eindhoven to secure a move abroad next summer.

The 24-year-old has admitted that his career has not progressed at the rate that he had hoped, despite becoming a Holland international at the age of 22, and netting three goals in his first five international caps for the Oranje.

“Honestly I had expected to be further in my career right now,” Lens told Algemeen Dagblad.

“But after a bad point and some injuries I had to adjust my expectations. I had in mind that I would have already played tournaments with the Dutch national team and played in a foreign league.”

English Premier League newcomers Southampton reportedly had a bid for Lens rejected in the summer transfer window.

The Saints did not dwell on their failed attempt, quickly turning their attention to 21-year-old Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez, who was a rumored target of Liverpool at the time.

However, Southampton won the race for the Uruguayan after agreeing a club-record £12 million fee for the attacker.

Ramirez has made three league appearances for the Saints in 2012-13, bagging one goal while setting up another.


Shawn Etemadi



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