Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Yaya Toure Interested in Arsenal: Does it bring Cesc Fabregas to Spain?

There are reports that current Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure, who is interested in joining an English club, is interested in Arsenal.

His interest in Arsenal is not only due to Arsene Wenger, but because the Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona deal, "a lot of interest in the deal for Toure," according to his agent Dimitri Seluk.

Seluk added, "Arsene Wenger likes him and Arsenal are interested. If the conditions are good, everything can be finished soon. He could come into the Cesc deal and Barca and Arsenal are struggling to come to an agreement."

The two clubs have been reported to be about £30m of one another in terms of a transfer fee with Barcelona willing to pay £30m while Arsenal is hoping for closer to £60m in return for their captain.

If Toure is truly interested in going to Emirates Stadium and signing with Arsenal, then a lower bid from Barcelona plus Toure could be enough for Arsenal to pull the trigger on it and let Fabregas leave.

However, Toure could still be left out of the deal if Arsenal receives £60m from Barcelona since the Daily Mail is reporting that the Gunners would let him leave with just that amount.

For Barcelona, sending £30m+ and Toure to Arsenal must seem a lot more attractive option than sending £60m alone to the club. However, spending £60m on a 23-year-old star and then selling Toure elsewhere and re-couping some of that money is more beneficial to me.

Now, Barcelona is hardly in need of cash but being able to get Fabregas in addition to cash is simply too good of a thought and offer to pass up.

That option, which to me is the best option, could hit a snag as Toure's agent also had the most surprising comment about Manchester City, another suitor for Toure, "Everything has changed with City, because they talk a lot but then afterwards they don't appear to be a rich club but rather a bankrupt one."

In other news, Manchester City is looking to send Robinho to Barcelona for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a separate deal.

Note: All quotes credited to the BBC.

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