Monaco are offering Kolo Toure, 35, the chance to end his career in French football. The Liverpool defender is expected to leave the club this week with his contract expiring at the end of the month.
Although the Ivory Coast defender was given the option of staying on Merseyside in a coaching role, he would prefer playing at the moment and the slower paced French league may suit him more in the twilight of his career.
Signed from Manchester City, Toure proved a pivotal member of Liverpool’s successful run to the Europa League final. It ended in heartbreak just as it did in 2006 when he was a member of the Arsenal squad which lost to Barcelona in the fiftieth Champions League final.
It’s a turbulent time for the Toure family. His brother, Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, 33, is also expected to leave the Premier League this summer. As Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola sanctioned the Ivorian’s sale to City and he is not expected to stand in the player’s way with Inter Milan’s new Chinese owners looking to flex their financial muscle.
Liverpool meanwhile, are fighting West Ham United for the services of Belgian Thomas Vermaelen. The 30 year-old has barely featured for Barcelona since joining from Arsenal in 2014 with a succession of injuries restricting him to just 20 appearances in that time.
The Catalans are looking to reduce their wage bill and selling the former Belgium captain is seen as a prime opportunity to do that. The fee is expected to be around half the £15m Barcelona paid to Arsenal with add-ons depending on appearances.
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