Inter’s interest in Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré has been frozen until further notice according to Tuttosport today, with Zhang Jindong, chairman of new majority owner Suning, preferring to try and sign Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Jesus for the remaining non-EU spot.
Touré is the man Roberto Mancini has personally requested and this move by the owners is seen as the former City manager losing the ‘unlimited trust’ placed in him by Inter bosses. Mancini has had a say in most of Inter’s big transfers since returning to the San Siro, many of them failures (Podolski and Shaqiri for example), but that looks to be changing with Chinese ownership.
City themselves could bring the pursuit of Touré back to life if they win the race for 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus, who is emerging as a target for many of Europe’s biggest clubs. According to Tuttosport, City ‘will not let go’ in the race to sign the Brazilian attacker, while Barcelona and Real Madrid are both known to be seriously interested.
Should City or any other club other than Inter sign Gabriel Jesus, then Mancini may get his wish after all and Touré could be the first marquee signing of the Suning era. For now, the long wait to learn the 33-year-old’s future goes on, but with offers from China rejected and Inter not closing a deal, perhaps the talismanic midfielder will have a role in the Pep Guardiola era after all.