Soccer NewsSaturday 18th August 2018

Barcelona turn down chance to seal return to club for former Blaugrana star

Barcelona turn down chance to seal return to club for former Blaugrana star

Barcelona have turned down the chance to sign former midfielder Yaya Toure as an alternative to World Cup winner Paul Pogba, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.

Ivorian Yaya Toure is a free agent after leaving Premier League champions Manchester City this summer having spent eight years at the Manchester club. Toure made 230 appearances during his spell with the Citizens, scoring 62 times and contributing 32 assists.

Toure will go down in one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history after his dominant 2013/14 season which saw the Ivorian score a mouthwatering 20 times.

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Don Balon mentioned in their report that Toure had been promised a return to the Camp Nou when he left for City all those years ago, although the Blaugrana have since rebuffed any idea of a return due to the midfielder’s age, reduced ability and high wage.

Toure moved to City from Barcelona for a fee reported to be £24m according to BBC Sport.

The unlikely return of Toure will not leave Barcelona fans too disheartened, as the club have a very strong midfield with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets all plying their trade at the Camp Nou this season.

It remains to be seen what lies next for Toure, however one thing that is for certain, is that his future looks to lie away from the Camp Nou.

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