Manchester United are regarded as the strong favourites to sign Yaya Toure from Premier League rivals Manchester City.
We caught up with Jake Woods, Premier League guru at FootballPredictions.com, according to Jake the Ivorian midfielder moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2010 from Barcelona under Pep Guardiola and he is one of the players expected to leave City as the Spanish manager plans a major overhaul of the club in the summer.
The 33-year-old has won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup, scoring 78 goals and assisting another 47 for City as well as being crowned the Africa Footballer of the Year consecutively for four years between 2011 and 2014 during those periods.
With his potential exit from the Sky Blue club, there is likelihood he switches over to the other Manchester club under Jose Mourinho. However, United signing the midfielder does not make much of any sense. Of course, he cannot be regarded as a long term replacement for Michael Carrick. In fact offering the English man another one year contract seems a better option than signing Toure.
Taking clues from their transfer transaction of recent it appears United have lost sense going for productive deals as they now look more interested in names than quality.
It is not an understatement that United squad need an older presence in the dressing room with the potential exit of Wayne Rooney and Carrick, and Paul Pogba has benefited from playing alongside an older player as he enjoyed with Andrea Pirlo at Juventus and now Carrick at United, such combination has helped in bringing the best out of him.
Also the current crop of youngster in the United team need the presence of older player but to replace Carrick with another aged, tired leg does not represent an ideal option.
Toure’s wages and slow movement these days are parts of the reason United should get a younger player that Carrick would nurture for a year before parting ways with them. But since it has been the norm for Mourinho to have an older experienced player in his team, Toure could only be effective in a leadership capacity in the dressing room withot much influence on the pitch.