When the controversial agent of Yaya Touré, Dimitri Seluk, revealed last night that the Ivorian had passed a medical in London and was close to joining a new club, social media was abuzz with speculation.
West Ham, Crystal Palace, Fulham, and even London giants Arsenal and Chelsea were speculated to be the next club of Touré after he was released by Manchester City at the end of his contract in June. And when Seluk ruled out both West Ham and Crystal Palace, Arsenal become odds-on favourites at the bookies
It looks like Seluk, not for the first time, was trolling, with The Times revealing that 35-year-old Touré has agreed to rejoin one of his former clubs.
It won’t be Arsenal, West Ham, Chelsea or any English team that the iconic midfielder joins, but rather Greek champions Olympiacos, where he played from 2005 until 2006 before heading to Monaco.
It is reported that Yaya will earn between £1.5million and £2million after tax in Greece. He was offered to a number of Premier League clubs in the summer, with rumours of a reunion with Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham particularly common, but in the end there was no serious interest from England.
Olympiacos face Premier League side Burnley on Thursday night in the Europa League, but even if he is signed by then, Touré won’t be eligible to face his former City teammate Joe Hart. A long and storied stay in England is over for Yaya, despite his preference to remain in the Premier League, and he will continue his career back in Athens, Greece.
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