Yaya Toure turns down new contract at Barcelona

Yaya Toure, the Barcelona midfielder who is attracting the interest of Arsenal, has turned down a new contract offer from the European champions, giving manager Arsene Wenger hope that he could persuade the player to move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Ivory Coast international’s agent Dimitri Seluk, according to a report in the Sun newspaper, revealed that the Catalan club were unwilling to meet his client’s request for a 15 per cent pay rise.

Toure, who has had a terrific season playing either in central midfield or, on occasion, as a stand-in central defender, is believed to be one of the lowest paid players at the club, on a wage of around £45,000-a-week.

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