Yaya Toure will reportedly end his time at Manchester City and move to China at the end of the season after being offered a stunning £30million-a-year contract.
Guardiola’s arrival has been widely tipped as being bad news for Toure, who left Barcelona for City while the Spaniard was in charge at the Nou Camp in 2010.
Dimitri Seluk, an agent who has become notorious for his volatile outbursts regarding Toure, told The Sun that he thinks his client’s future lies away from the Etihad Stadium.
Seluk said: “Before leaving I hope he will win again the League and all the cups.
“Yaya won every trophy in England without Guardiola. Will Guardiola win without Yaya?”
And the Daily Telegraph claims the four-times African Football of the Year will not be short of suitors and could in fact be made the third highest earner in world football if he accepts an offer to become the latest star to move to China.
It is understood that at least three Chinese clubs have already expressed an interest in signing Toure with one, thought to be Jiangsu Suning, discussing the prospect of paying the player £30m-a-year after tax.
That would see Toure earn £576,923-a-week in China, which is more than double his current £240,000-a-week salary at City.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is the highest earner in world football on £47.8m-a-year, while Cristiano Ronaldo is estimated to collect £39.7m-a-year at Real Madrid.
But the money on offer in China would put Toure ahead of the current third-best paid player in the world, Neymar, who is paid £26.8m-a-year by Barcelona.
Such a lucrative contract would certainly ease the blow of being squeezed out of City by Guardiola, but Toure will receive offers from all over the globe and may need convincing that, aged 32, China represents his best option.
City could expect to recoup a good fee for Toure from a club in China, despite the fact the Ivorian will only have a year remaining on his contract at the end of the season.
Chinese Super League clubs are currently throwing money at footballers based in Europe and South America, with Jiangsu spending over £25m to sign Ramires from Chelsea and paying the midfielder £10m-a-year net.
The future of Toure will certainly be one of the most pressing issues for Guardiola, who will inform striker Wilfried Bony and central defender Eliaquim Mangala that they are not part of his plans and are free to leave the club.
Despite the insistence of associates that his agent Dimitry Seluk does not speak for the player when he says he will leave City in the summer, there are clearly differences between Toure and Guardiola that date back to their days at Barcelona.