Yaya Toure joined the Spanish giants, Barcelona FC in 2007 for a reported sum of 6.7 million pound. 3 years at the Camp Nou and 74 games later, Barcelona decided to let go off him. Manchester City signed him for 24 million pounds and Toure has made 74 appearances for City till date. Toure has been the mainstay of the formidable City outfit in his time in Manchester. An all-action midfielder who possesses speed, wonderful technique and finesse, Toure has been the spine of this premier league winning City team. It should then come as a surprise that he would want to move onto pasters anew.
Toure is 29-years-old and his current deal at City expires in 2015. He also earns basic wages of 150,000 pounds a week, accumulating to 220,000 pounds a week, including bonuses. Toure has won 3 trophies with City and add to that 7 trophies at Barcelona. Seen in this context, Toure is certainly a highly decorated and a highly paid footballer. No reason for any party to sweat over his happiness then?
Murmers of a possible move began as far back as May 2012, when Goal.com reported what Toure's agent had this to say "He has done all he could do at City and he needs new motivations..." His agent went so far to say that his transfer would not cost potential destinations a lot of money either. He further named every big club in Europe to be interested in his client's services. No hyperbole there, given Toure's sparkling performances for City.
Chelsea come into the frame thanks to the Daily Star report that Roman Abramoch, Chelsea's owner, is willing to offer Toure wages up to 300,000 pounds a week. This would make Toure the highest paid footballer in the world. Apart from the fact that such an offer sounds ludicrous in itself, there are other reasons why Chelsea would be inclined to not make an offer for the Ivorian.
Chelsea's recent transfer strategy has been to sign young players with potential for a reasonable price. They are willing to pay top money for players who they believe are young but have reached a high degree of prominence already ala Eden Hazard. Toure is 29 and given Chelsea's reluctance to offer new contracts for more than one year to veterans like Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, it is wishful thinking that Toure would have any such luck.
Now, do Chelsea need Toure? The answer is no. Chelsea have Ramires, Obi Mikel and Orio Romeu who can play the defensive midfielder role. Ramires has expressed pleasure at being restored in his favoured role at the centre of the midfield. Romeu has shown enough potential at the Bridge to merit a longer look in. Mikel has received a lot of flak from fans but he has generally been quite decent.
Although Toure is a world class player and would enhance the quality of any team he plays in, Chelsea currently do not need him. This rumour certainly takes Abramovich's spending power and adds Toure's availability beyond the realm of what is reasonable.731726