Report: Yaya Toure prefers MLS over China in summer move from Man City

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Yaya Toure is already entangled in a public war of words with Pep Guardiola, and Guardiola’s won’t become the Ivorian midfielder’s new manager at Manchester City for another four months.

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That’s just how Yaya Toure does things, you see, as has been evidenced in the past, on numerous occasions. In the world of modern football, Toure is hardly alone in that, though.

Speaking of modern football trends, the massive spending currently taking place by clubs of the Chinese Super League is still a hot topic. As Toure hits out at his soon-to-be manager through the media, one can only assume — though doing so is rarely advisable when it comes to Yaya — the 32-year-old box-to-boxer will be leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer. Putting two and two together, Toure seems the most surefire CSL signing of them all, right?

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Wrong. Well, wrong, according a report by the Star on Thursday, which states Toure prefers the lifestyle and (relative) on-field challenge of Major League Soccer to that of the CSL, at least for now — excerpts from the Star:

New York Red Bulls and Orlando City have made their interest known with at least one other club also weighing up a bid.

There could also be the option of joining up with Frank Lampard at New York City FC, the MLS franchise backed by City’s billionaire owners.

It is understood Toure is keen on playing in the MLS, where he would become the latest high-profile star to join the growing league.

The report also states Toure could be paid as much as $650,000 per week in China — excuse me, I just fainted in disgust and/or jealousy — “but he is said to favor the lifestyle of America and more competitive nature of MLS to what is on offer in the Far East.”

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It’s been nearly 24 months since we’ve seen Toure at his very best, and at times this season (and last) he’s look downright disinterested from the first to last whistles. Perhaps I’m just skeptical, but a move to MLS — or anywhere, to be fair — with its considerably lower standard of play to that of the PL doesn’t lead me to believe Toure will suddenly starting delivering the kind of performances that make good on the $7-10 million-per-year contract he’s sure to command.