Manchester City to Launch Bid for Toure
Reports in the UK media are saying that mega bucks Manchester City are preparing a £15 million bid for Toure.
Toure was subject of a bid from Manchester City in January; in fact the Ivory Coast defender handed in a written transfer request, but was persuaded by Wenger to withdraw it. Without doubt the player’s agent has agreed terms with Manchester City so all that remains is for Arsenal to accept the offer and Toure will leave.
Should Arsenal accept this bid?
Arsene has gone on record to say that he does not wish to sell any of his starts this summer. Furthermore, selling to Manchester City will strengthen one of the teams that will challenge us for a top four finish next season. Despite purchasing Thomas Vermaelen, we cannot afford to sell one of our centre backs. Apart from Toure and Vermaelen, we have Gallas, Silvestre, Djourou and Senderos. Senderos is expected to be sold, whilst Silvestre has not been a great success. Gallas is in his last year of his contract, so selling Toure will leave us a bit short at the back.
Wenger could however, be contemplating selling Toure, and so far he has been vague about keeping specific players and Arsenal have not made any attempt at offering the centre back a new contract, his existing deal expires next summer. Wenger could have reached an understanding with Toure similar to the ones that he did with Ashley Cole, Thierry Henry and Alex Hleb, whereby he gave them an undertaking that they could leave the next season.
Arsene may have lined up Brede Hangeland as a replacement for Toure. It was reported earlier this summer that Arsenal had made a £15 million bid for the Norway international, if this is the case, losing Toure for £15 million would not be too much of a disaster.
Arsenal need to ensure that Hangeland is in the bag before accepting the offer for Toure. If the two deals come–off, we could see a new partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defence with Vermaelen partnering Hangeland.
Posted on June 25, 2009, in Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfer, Arsenal Transfers, Kolo Toure, Manchester City, Summer Transfer News, Summer Transfers 2009, Transfers. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.