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Barcelona To Sign Yaya Toure Today

Sunday 24 June 2007 by Sagesse

The transfer of Yaya Toure will also be completed today, and the player is expected to be presented along with Thierry Henry on Monday.

zoom - galleria Barcelona are expected to strike a 12m euro deal for the transfer of Ivorian international midfielder from Monaco.

The Catalan giants were offering 10 million, but Monaco were insistent on 12 as they must pay half of his transfer fee to Ukrainian side Metalurg Donetsk.

Dimitri Selluyk, Toure’s representative, confirmed that a deal was almost done, and that barring a surprise, would be confirmed today itself.

"The two parties are very close to an agreement, and hopeful of closing the deal," he told Sport.

He will be in Barcelona today to speak with Txiki Begiristain, and formalise an agreement that has more or less been reached over the telephone.

"Barring a surprise, Toure will play for Barcelona next year," he said.

The player is currently in his homeland on vacation, awaiting confirmation, and is expected to reach Barcelona tonight.

He will complete a medical on Monday morning, before signing a four year contract worth two million euros a season, which could go up to three depending on performances and results.

With Thierry Henry also expected in Barcelona tonight, and due to be presented tomorrow, it is being suggested that the two will be presented to the press together.

There is some connection between them as well, as Henry himself is a former Monaco player. Also, the Frenchman has already played with Yaya’s older brother Kolo at Arsenal.

Source goal.com


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