Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is available on a free transfer this summer – news which has reportedly alerted (8.23am) Everton to the situation.
The 34-year-old has been given minimal game time under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad but anybody who has seen the player in action knows what the former Ivory Coast international is capable of producing on his day.
Not only is the midfielder available on a free, the player’s agent has also revealed that Toure is so confident of his abilities that if his appearances for his new club are not up to scratch, the player will incredibly pay back half his wages.
Surely then, the Blues have nothing to lose by showing their hand and offering the former African Player of the Year an option – particularly as he is thought to be keen on staying in the North-West, where his family are said to be settled.
With Toure desperate to play he could be a solution to the club’s lack of mobility in the centre of the park.
At City, he was renowned for his forays forward with the ball and was instrumental in the Sky Blues title-winning side under Manuel Pellegrini’s regime – there is no one like that at Goodison Park.
In short, the Toffees have nothing to lose in signing Toure, particularly with his contract terms, and he can give a short-term resolution to the issue at the heart of their midfield.