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Inter Milan confirm intention to sign Yaya Toure

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has said the club are determined to sign Yaya Toure from Manchester City.

Toure is a target for ex-Man City manager Roberto Mancini. Credit: PA

The Ivory Coast midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Inter would appear a logical destination given they are coached by former City boss Roberto Mancini, who brought Toure to the Premier League from Barcelona in 2010.

Asked about the chances of signing the Ivorian, Thohir said in an interview with Indonesian newspaper Tempo: "Chances? I do not know. What is clear is we will continue to try to bring him here."

Toure's adviser Dimitri Seluk has cast doubt on the player's position at City, claiming recently that he was "90 per cent" certain to leave this summer.

The midfielder, who turned 32 on Wednesday, was urged to stay by fans, who sang 'Happy Birthday' to him during Sunday's 6-0 defeat of QPR, with some even creating a giant card.

Toure memorably became embroiled in a farcical row last year over how the club celebrated his birthday.

Man City midfielder wants tougher punishments for racism

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has called for stronger punishments against racism in football.

The Ivorian has been on the end of racist abuse during his and believes the authorities need to make a stand against culprits.

Yaya Toure thinks punishments are weak currently. Credit: PA

"I have been in the situation where there have been monkey chants and it's difficult to deal with that. As sportsmen you want to continue to the end but when you hear something like that it hurts you and breaks you," Toure said.

"You need to give them a radical sanction - paying a 20,000 [pound] fine is not enough, you need to do more."

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Man City have a birthday plan for Toure

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has joked that the club must celebrate Yaya Toure's birthday properly this year.

Midfielder Toure was at the centre of a bizarre row about cake last year after his agent claimed City did not do enough to mark the Ivorian's 31st birthday.

Yaya Toure has been woeful at times this season. Credit: PA

Toure turns 32 next Wednesday and Pellegrini was asked at his latest press conference if he had found a suitable cake for the occasion.

"Are you sure it is next week?" he asked with a smile. "We will think what is the best thing for him. It is important to learn from the mistakes that you have (made) in the past!"

Agent receives offers for Man City star Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure's agent has reportedly claimed offers have been made for the Manchester City midfielder and that the intention is to sit down with the Blues soon for discussions about the future.

Toure's Man City future is up in the air. Credit: PA

Reports are suggesting Toure could be set for a move away in the summer, with the likes of Paris St Germain and Inter Milan - managed by his former City boss Roberto Mancini - being mentioned in reports as possible destinations.

Ivory Coast international Toure was quoted on Tuesday as saying he is open to ''new challenges'' and that he will not stay at a club simply to collect wages.

Those comments came two days after his agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying "two of the biggest clubs" had asked him about Toure's availability, adding: "If City want Yaya to leave, they should come out and say so."

And, quoted by Sky Sports News on Wednesday, Seluk said:

We have had different offers for Yaya but we must speak to Manchester City. People think he will stay because of money but we don't care about money. If Man City don't want him - no problem.

I want someone to say that they want Yaya to stay at Manchester City. Yaya is a legend at the club. All the supporters like him, he's helped them make history.

– Yaya Toure's agent Dimitri Seluk

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Mancini hints Yaya Toure wants to leave Man City

Yaya Toure could be heading to Inter Milan. Credit: PA

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini would like to sign Yaya Toure, and that the midfielder would like to leave Man City, but has admitted that UEFA's financial fair play rules has left a question mark over the move.

It's a question mark, we'll have to see what financial fair play brings. I'm sure we'll do some good business.

Yaya Toure? He's played in almost every league, except for Germany and Italy.

If, as seems to be the case, he wants to try Serie A we'll look into the possibility, but it won't be easy.

He's a player with incredible technical ability. I've not come across many like him.

– Mancini speaking to Gazzetta TV.

Video: Man City man Toure scores stunner in Africa Cup of Nations semi-final

Man City midfielder Yaya Toure put the Ivory Coast ahead in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against DR Congo with this thunderbolt, but their opponents hit back just 90 seconds later from the spot.

Former Arsenal forward Gervinho has since given the Ivory Coast a 2-1 lead with an impressive first time finish. It's not even half-time!

Watch the match on ITV4 now or online here.

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