Transfer Rumours (4th June 2010): Yaya Toure Is ‘Desperate’ To Join Man City

After yesterday’s revelations, I’m slightly surprised we haven’t got a few more ‘Liverpool exodus’ stories this morning, but I’m pretty sure we won’t have to wait too long before the floodgates crash open.

Instead the main transfer story centres around a man that has been linked with a move to the Premier League more than almost any other over the past couple of years…Barcelona’s Yaya Toure.

Here’s today’s fresh-from-the-oven batch of transfer rumours…


According to his agent Dimitri Seluk, Barcelona holding man Yaya Toure is ‘desperate’ to join Manchester City and is already in talks over a move to Eastlands. Toure is known to be frustrated with his lack of playing time at Barca and is now ready to triumph in the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

However, should the Ivorian fail to reach an agreement with City, then Manchester United and Arsenal are ready to pounce for the 27-year-old midfielder. (The Sun)

Manchester City seem to have missed out on the chance to sign highly-rated Valencia winger David Silva, as Real Madrid have reportedly already opened negotiations with Los Che over a move for the Spanish star. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham are planning to revamp their attack ahead of next season’s Champions League exploits with the £20 million signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan. (Daily Star)

Chelsea have given up on retaining Joe Cole for next season, and have withdrawn their contract offer – freeing the England man to join Arsenal. (Star)

Arsenal plan to offer youngsters Francis Coquelin and Armand Traore plus £7 million in cash to Lorient in exchange for centre-back Laurent Koscielny. (Mirror)

The Gunners are also said to be chasing Barcelona’s highly-rated Israeli starlet Gai Assulin, who has been dubbed ‘the new Messi’. (

Wolves have completed the £7 million signing of Burnley striker Steven Fletcher. The Scottish international has joined the West Midlands side on a four-year contract with the option of a further year. (BBC Sport)

Bolton will face competition from Benfica in the race to sign Real Madrid’s young left-back Marcos Alonso. (Mirror)

The Trotters are also hopeful of tying up a £2 million deal for Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo over the new few days. The Argentinian youngster spent last season on loan at Blackburn. (Mirror)

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that Hannover forward Jan Schlaudraff could ‘add something’ to his squad. (Mail)

Birmingham are considering an ambitious move for Palermo’s diminutive striker Fabrizio Miccoli. (Sun)

Wigan have lodged a club-record £5.7 million bid for Estudiantes forward Mauro Boselli. (Mirror)


Olympique Marseille are planning to overhaul their forward ranks next season by signing €15-million-rated Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. (Inside Futbol)

L’OM are also mulling over a sensational attempt to persuade Barcelona’s French legend Thierry Henry to defer his plans to move to America for a couple of years. (Mail)


Fiorentina have unveiled former Lazio and Inter defender Sinisa Mihajlovic as their new coach, following Cesare Prandelli‘s departure earlier this week. (Viola Channel)

Inter Milan have told Real Madrid that they will have to stump up €35 million if they want to sign Brazilian full-back Maicon, who has publicly voiced his desire to follow Jose Mourinho to the Bernabeu. (Tutto Mercato Web)

Four clubs are chasing Napoli’s former Italy U21 defender Fabiano Santacroce with Cagliari, Cheivo, Fiorentina and Genoa all said to be interested in the 23-year-old. (Tutto Mercato)

On-loan Bologna striker Pablo Osvaldo has been told he may stay at La Liga side Espanyol for a further season. (Goal)

Roma‘s veteran right-back Marco Cassetti has renewed his contract with the club, extending his current deal until the summer of 2011. (Goal)


Hamburger SV are chasing Anderlecht’s highly-rated winger Mbark Boussoufa, and are putting together a €10 million offer for the tricky Moroccan. (Football Press)

Hertha Berlin have signed 33-year-old Willem II ‘keeper Maikel Aerts on a two-year deal. (World Football)

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