Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has revealed that he has begun negotiating with other clubs over a possible transfer for the midfielder.
Toure’s contract with the Citizens is set to expire at the end of the season, and despite his preference to extend his stay at the Etihad, Pep Guardiola is yet to offer a contract extension to the 33-year-old.
Therefore, the former Ivory Coast captain’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has opened initial talks with other clubs over a potential transfer for the decorated midfielder.
Seluk recently spoke to Sky Sports, and revealed: “At this moment the situation is like this; from yesterday we officially started negotiating with different clubs about his future.
“We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say, but until now Manchester City don’t say anything. Before March, we didn’t negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited. But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June and have no negotiations with anybody.
“Some clubs have contacted me. Now we have three options. I don’t speak about Yaya and China or the MLS. He will play in Europe. I have spoken with clubs in different countries; Italy and Spain.
“Clubs from England waited for the situation with Manchester City, but now we can speak in England and soon I will come to England for negotiations. Yaya must go to vacation already signed with another club.”
Seluk was then specifically asked if his client would be open to joining arch-rivals Manchester United, to which he replied: “Why not? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona.
“I understand this is two clubs who are rivals but for me, for example, this is not a problem from Yaya or from me, this problem will be from Manchester City staff.
“I said to Manchester City that we will start negotiations with other clubs about the future of Yaya. After that, if Manchester City want, they can start negotiations. If they don’t want then we will find another club.
“Yaya can, tomorrow, sign a contract with another club and after that for Manchester City it is too late. They don’t say anything; he must say or he must go. They can think it and Manchester City one of the options. We are open to negotiations. But tomorrow, for example, we heard with Chelsea, he will sign with Chelsea.”