Yaya Toure’s time at Manchester City appears to be essentially over, with neither the club or the player willing to commit to a new contract.
This has led to many rumours swirling around where the Ivorian’s future lies, with many interested parties said to be lining up bids.
A move to China or the MLS has been suggested, but it’s believed that the midfielder would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
This has sent the gossip columns into overdrive as they speculate on his most likely destination.
Liverpool and West Ham have emerged as two of the most mentioned names in this discussion, but the two sides would be wise to steer clear of Toure.
The Citizens cast off a number of players every summer and clubs line up to snatch up these rejects at bargain prices.
However, save for the likes of Gareth Barry, Jerome Boateng and Carlos Tevez, few have flourished having fled the Etihad.
This season alone, Eden Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo, Scott Sinclair and James Milner were all moved on and have failed to spark their new clubs into life.
The two forwards have only scored 23 goals between them across all competitions, while City made over £23m from moving them on.
Sinclair has added nothing to an Aston Villa team that is by far the worst in the division, while Milner has hardly set the world alight at ninth-place Liverpool.
Furthermore, Toure’s age means he is unlikely to rediscover the form that made him a Premier League winner at the Etihad and whoever secures his signature would surely have to pay an extortionate amount for his diminishing ability.
The 32-year-old has only found the net eight times across all competitions this term, his lowest ever total for City, and does not look to be getting better with age.