Yaya Toure has made headlines with comments regarding his relationship with Pep Guardiola – and now his agent, Dmitry Selyuk has waded into the argument.
The former Manchester City skipper, who left the club at the end of the season, is a free agent and would reportedly welcome a move to any of the other current top six clubs in England – for a bargain wage of only £1 a week, a far cry from his reported £250,000 per week salary at the Etihad.
Selyuk insists the figure is true, as his 35-year-old client looks to prove Guardiola wrong, and that he is still capable of playing at the top level in England.
Speaking to the media in his Russian homeland, the agent commented: “Yaya has many offers from different countries, but we decided to dedicate the next season to Guardiola. And to prove and show the fans of Manchester City that Yaya has not finished with football.
“At a time when huge sums are being spent in England for the purchase of football players, I officially declare that Yaya is ready to move as a free agent to any English club of the top six with a salary of one-pound-a-week, but with a bonus system based on certain successes.”
Of the 2017/18 top six, it is unlikely if he would be a part of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal’s regular starting XIs, although his experience and winning mentality could be an asset to Spurs, who will be aiming to challenge for the title in their first season in their new stadium next term.
Of course, he could also be tempted to follow in older brother Kolo’s footsteps and turn out for the Gunners, who made their first signing under new boss Unai Emery in the form of another 30-something, ex-Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who will be starring for Switzerland at the World Cup.