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Ivorian midfielder could be used as makeweight

Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure could be used as a makeweight in a deal that would see the Ivorian swap clubs with Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas.

Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk claims his client, who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League with either Manchester City and Manchester United, would be happy to move to Arsenal.

Following on from last week when Arsenal reportedly rejected a £29million offer from Barcelona for Fabregas, the Catalan club have decided to strengthen their hand with the addition of Toure.

Seluk has previously revealed that a move to the Premier League was all but a done deal and hinted Toure was set for a move to Eastlands, something he now feels can be changed.

Speaking to Rac-1 Seluk said: "There's a lot of interest in the deal [for Toure], Arsene Wenger likes him and Arsenal are interested. If the conditions are good, everything can be finished soon.

"He could come into the Cesc deal and Barca and Arsenal are struggling to come to an agreement. Everything has changed with City, because they talk a lot but then afterwards they don't appear to be a rich club but rather a bankrupt one."

Barca confirmed today they had slapped a €35m price-tag on Toure, something which Seluk last week insisted was too high.

Toure was a key member of the Barca side that lifted six trophies in 2009 and he extended his stay at the Nou Camp only last summer, but he appeared to fall out of favour under Josep Guardiola in the latter part of the season.

Barca president Joan Laporta is resigned to letting Toure go, and feels Arsenal must be prepared to do the same with Fabregas, something which he has previously made no secret of wanting to happen.

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