In what is quickly becoming a daily occurrence, another Premier League player has been identified as a target for a Chinese Super League club.
This time around it is Manchester City central midfielder Yaya Toure who is the focus of speculation, with the BBC reporting that a club offered the 33-year-old a £430,000-a-week deal.
The ex-Ivory Coast international has, however, decided not to bite and will likely finish his career – at the top level at least – in England now having turned down these latest advances.
However, while Toure may be back in Pep Guardiola’s plans his contract is up this summer and chances are at his age he will be let go, if not placed back on the bench should he agree a new contract.
Despite having played the full 90 minutes in the Citizens’ last six league encounters, one can’t help but feel the Ivorian is nothing more than a stopgap in midfield having been sidelined by the ex-Barcelona boss all the way up to mid-November.
With so much uncertainty over his future it is perhaps a brave move by Toure to not take up the CSL offer. This will come as a major relief to fans of City though, who have become accustomed to his game-changing bursts through the middle of the pitch over the years.
His influence may indeed be waning somewhat at this point but with four goals and an assist in all competitions on his return to the fold, the former Monaco man could still help City in what has been a less than inspiring campaign thus far.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena