It’s all about Kolo Toure today as the internet world goes mental over his supposed move to Manchester City.
Reliable source Soccernet has stated that Arsenal and Manchester City have agreed a fee of £14 million for Toure, while The Guardian has taken it a step further by indicating that the Ivorian has left Arsenal’s Austrian training camp to complete a medical with City. Even Arsene Wenger has got in on the act, stating yesterday that “we will see what will happen in the next 24 hours”.
Regardless of what stage the negotiations are I think it’s now inevitable that Toure will leave Arsenal. The money on the table is too good for the club to refuse and with Toure going from third or fourth-choice at Arsenal to a starter at City he can hardly be blamed for making the move.
As a player who has served the club gallantly for nine years it would be wrong to look down on Toure’s decision to move to City. Unlike Emmanuel Adebayor’s situation this is far less about money and more about Toure getting game time before his career winds down. Toure has been the model professional in his time at Arsenal and I think he’ll get the blessing of each and every Arsenal supporter for the move, not that he needs it.
With Toure going it certainly does change the complexion of our defensive structure. Since the transfer window opened we’ve seen Thomas Vermaelen come in and Philippe Senderos return from his loan spell at AC Milan, but I’m not sure we necessarily need another central defender. A lot of it comes down to what Wenger thinks of the current defensive players that are available and the indications thus far are that Johan Djourou is ready to be relied upon far more, while Senderos – who looked certain to be leaving – may yet have a big part to play next season.
Anyway, I’ll talk more about the implications of Toure’s exit once the move is confirmed. In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves and enjoy your day. I’ll be back on later when/if the move goes through.
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