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Manchester City star ‘agrees in principle’ to Inter Milan move

| 06.05.2015

Yaya Toure could be closing in on a reunion-of-sorts with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, if reports surfacing in Italy are to be believed.

According to Mediaset, the 31-year-old has accepted an offer to move to the Nerazzurri next season, where he would work under the Italian.

The Ivorian is believed to have agreed a deal that could be worth as much as €8m a season, though that figure is thought to factor in several performance-related bonuses.

Despite the African seemingly reaching a deal to move to Italy, the deal could yet collapse with Manchester City yet to give their approval to Toure’s exit.

The Ivorian midfielder remains an integral part of the City starting line-up and though he has endured a stop-start season at the Etihad, they could well be hesitant to let him leave without a replacement waiting in the wings.

There is also the issue of the transfer fee, with the Sky Blues’ valuation of Toure likely to be somewhat higher than Inter’s.

Italian reports suggest the Nerazzurri could offer €8m to land the former Barcelona and AS Monaco man, with additional fees on top of that in the event of the Milan club reaching the Champions League or winning silverware.

City are set to undergo a major overhaul of their playing squad this summer, with Toure one of several players consistently linked with a move away from the club.

An Inter transfer would mean the Ivorian would be unlikely to play in Europe though, with the Italian club some way off qualifying for even the Europa League.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.