Inter: Yaya Toure may be too expensive

The Serie A side remain keen on the midfielder but are concerned his price tag and wages will price them out of a possible deal

Inter general director Marco Fassone has admitted Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is the club’s “dream” summer signing but says the Serie A side may struggle to afford a deal for the Ivorian.

Manager Roberto Mancini has already urged Inter to sign the 31-year-old, with the Italian keen to link up again with the midfielder he coached during his time at the Eithad Stadium.

Toure’s City contract still has two years left to run but speculation over his future at the club has been rife this season and Fassone says he would improve the Nerazzurri.

“Who doesn’t dream of having a player like him?” Fassone told Tuttosport.

“Touré would give our midfield line something that we are lacking. But his wages and City’s asking price might be a big obstacle.”

Fassone also revealed that Inter are keen to keep their top players at San Siro, not least Mauro Icardi who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

“We are almost there with respect to Icardi’s contract extension,” he added. “We want to keep him just as we want to keep [Mateo] Kovacic. We will evaluate with great care [their] eventual offers.

“[Samir] Handanovic’s renewal is an issue that we must resolve at once. We need to understand what he wants. We cannot go into next season knowing that our goalkeeper’s contract expires.”

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