Inter Milan are reported to have agreed terms with Yaya Toure over a three-year deal to join the club – but must wait to see if Manchester City plan to allow the midfielder to leave.
The Ivorian midfielder has one year left on his contract at the Etihad and has been linked with moves to China, the Middle East and Inter Milan.
But with the player’s agent making plenty of noises about his client’s future, it seems a move to the San Siro seems the most likely after reports in the Italian press claimed he had agreed a contract to 2019 worth €5million a year to the former Barcelona star.
Roberto Mancini is desperate to be reunited with the midfielder, but any move hinges on whether Manchester City will grant him a free transfer a year ahead of the expiry of his deal, which is due to end in 2017.
The player had a fiery relationship with new City boss Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and the signing of Ilkay Gundogan is thought to have pushed him further down the pecking order.
However, City may yet demand a fee for the player, although at 33, Inter are reluctant to spend big on a player whose best years are probably now behind him.