Yaya Toure might be a name that is mentioned more with a move to Celtic throughout the summer.
The Ivory Coast midfielder will play his final game for Manchester City on Sunday when they take on Southampton on the last day of the Premier League.
The Etihad said goodbye to him in midweek after his final home game for the club, bringing out his brother Kolo to make a special presentation for what he’s contributed to City over eight seasons there.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) May 10, 2018
Afterwards, Kolo spoke to Sky Sports and they asked if he might persuade his brother to join him at Celtic, where he’s technical assistant to Brendan Rodgers.
And his positive answer could open up to more speculation surrounding a potential move for the legendary City midfielder.
You may think it’s unrealistic, but here’s why we disagree:
He’s Still a Quality Player
In a season where Manchester City broke records on their way to winning the English Premier League and the Carabao Cup, Toure played 15 times and contributed a lot on and off the pitch. He does turn 35 on Sunday, but his presence in the City squad under a demanding manager like Guardiola shows he still has plenty to offer.
He Wants to Stay Close to Where He is
Well, he’s said he specifically wants to stay in England as that’s where his family are settled, but Glasgow isn’t that far away. We’ve seen it with other players who have been able to juggle family staying in England while they play in Scotland so there’s a precedent there. That could really appeal to Toure.
His Brother is at Celtic
You only have to see Kolo and Yaya embracing on the Etihad pitch the other night to see how close they are. Toure is part of Rodgers’ backroom staff and should carry weight when it comes to referring potential players going forward. The presence of brother should make Celtic a lot more appealing than some other options on the table for Yaya.
He Could Get Champions League Football
Would Yaya interest any of the sides qualifying for the Champions League in England this season? He wouldn’t sign for Manchester United, while Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea would most likely look elsewhere to strengthen their midfield for the next campaign. So he could join a mid-table/relegation-threatened Premier League team or a league-winning, Champions League-playing side like Celtic. We know which we’d prefer.