Yaya Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has confirmed Manchester United expressed an interest in the Ivorian this summer, but insisted a deal would never materialise.
Toure has been frozen out of Manchester City’s first team squad by Pep Guardiola, and has been linked with a variety of clubs throughout the transfer window.
The 33-year-old joined Man City in 2010 and has made 195 appearances for the club, scoring 57 goals in the process.
Seluk told Sky Sports that Man United, alongside Arsenal, had registered an interest in Toure, but made it clear that no deal would ever come to fruition.
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United’s reported interest in Toure is strange to say the least. Mourinho has always placed emphasis on midfield workhorses – physical powerhouses who would, if asked to do so, play for 180 minutes at the same tempo. That kind of attitude, as shown by history, is what forms the backbone of a winning Mourinho side.
With that in mind, why would Mourinho sniff at a player who hasn’t broken into a sprint for the past two years? Perhaps his immense physical presence and manifest confidence on the ball was enough to turn the 53-year-old’s head. But regardless of the reasons underpinning United’s supposed, Toure would have been surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, with Mourinho already blessed with an excellent range of midfield options ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.