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1 Apr 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Klopp wants to sign 'world-class' £250k-a-week superstar; Liverpool 'leading the chase'

Liverpool are currently linked with an improbable move for Manchester City superstar Yaya Toure, and according to Bookmakers, the Reds are favourites to sign the 250k-a-week midfielder.

On Thursday, Toure's agent, Dimitry Seluk, confirmed that Toure is planning to quit City this summer:

"From this moment we start to discuss with different clubs about Yaya going there in the summer. Yaya has given everything for the club and we don't feel that this situation is the right way to show how much they appreciate him."

This follows a report in the Daily Express, which claimed:

"Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea [are] in the race for Toure [whose] time at the club could be drawing to a close".

An alleged 'source' close to Toure added:

"Yaya and the family are very happy in the UK, they enjoy living here and see no reason to change. Also, Yaya has extended family here including brothers and sisters."

According to UK Bookmakers Ladbrokes, Liverpool are 5/1 to be Toure's next Prem club, and last week, a spokesman for the company claimed:

"Pep's arrival all but spells out the end for Yaya Toure, and if he sticks around in the Premier League, it's Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp who are leading the chase".

Toure - described by Inter Chief Javier Zanetti as 'world-class' - clearly needs a new challenge, but will he come to Anfield? With Kolo Toure already at the club, Liverpool appear to have a major advantage with this particular transfer, and if the price is right, he could be a viable option.

That said, Christian Benteke is Liverpool's highest earner on £140k-a-week, which is signifiant less that Toure's current salary, and it seems unlikely that FSG will sanction £200k+ for a 32-year player in the twilight of his career.

There are clear benefits to signing Toure, though:

* Incredibly robust, and is rarely injured for more than a few games at a time. Missed less than 15 games through injury since 2008.

* A experienced, bonafide leader, and proven winner of big trophies, qualities that are in short supply at Anfield.

* Double figures for goals/assists every year for the last six years.

A viable option for Liverpool?

Author: Jaimie K


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