Dimitri Seluk’s latest outburst about Manchester City, or more specifically the former Barcelona men running the show, was quite extreme even by his standards. The Varys look-alike has said some nasty things about the employer of his
meal ticket client, Yaya Touré, in the years since the Ivorian joined the club.
Seluk’s latest tirade was shocking, as he labelled Soriano and Begiristain money-grabbers and made the explosive claim that Txiki had called City a “shit club” when Yaya was set to join City from Barcelona.
But the headline grabber was Seluk threatening to use Article 17 of FIFA’s transfer regulations, also known as the Webster Ruling, to buy out Yaya’s contract with 12 months left. There is a gentleman’s agreement among clubs not to employ players who choose to utilise this get-out clause.
Seluk would certainly likely prefer a normal sale and is already pimping his client around Europe. The ever-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio reports today that Touré has been offered to Juventus, a club well known for getting the best out of aging players.
Touré could last a few years in Serie A and certainly has all the qualities to play there. Di Marzio says Juventus are considering this option, although the impressive Valencia midfielder André Gomes – a name previously linked with City – is another they are looking at. Gomes, a Jorge Mendes client, could follow Jose Mourinho to Manchester United, though, while Atlético Madrid are also interested, so a deal for Touré may be easier to pull off.
Along with Juventus, Roberto Mancini’s Inter are also known admirers of Toure, but if they fail to obtain Champions League football are more likely to sell big than buy big, with Mauro Icardi rumoured to be on his way out.
So where next for Yaya Touré? Could he stay in the Premier League? Could he even remain at City, despite his agent’s outburst? What is certain is that he has admirers in Italy and Serie A could be the Ivorian’s next adventure in a storied career.