Yaya Toure’s agent has revealed he has opened negotiations with other clubs over the Manchester City midfielder’s future.
And Dimitri Seluk has even claimed he would be open to an offer from rivals Manchester United for the 33-year-old.
Toure is one of six City players out of contract at the end of the season and has been free to speak to different clubs since January.
Until now he had not been doing so but Seluk says the situation has changed.
The Ukrainian told Sky Sports News: “From yesterday we officially started negotiating with different clubs about his future.
“We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say but until now Manchester City don’t say anything. Before March, we didn’t negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited.
“But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June, and have no negotiations with anybody.”
Toure was frozen out of the side by Pep Guardiola earlier in the season after row between the manager and Seluk.
But since that situation was resolved in November, the Ivorian has reclaimed his place and been highly influential in the City midfield. He was, however, left out of the side for Wednesday’s Champions League loss at Monaco.
Toure has indicated a desire to stay at the Etihad Stadium and Seluk says the onus now lies with the club. Guardiola has previously said contract matters will be dealt with at the end of the season.
Seluk said: “Some clubs have contacted me. Now we have three options. I don’t speak about Yaya and China or the MLS. He will play in Europe. I have spoken with clubs in different countries – Italy and Spain.
“I said to Manchester City that we will start negotiations with other clubs about the future of Yaya. After that, if Manchester City want, they can start negotiations. If they don’t want then we will find another club.
“Yaya can, tomorrow, sign a contract with another club and after that for Manchester City it is too late.”
Toure has previously said, if he is to leave City, that he would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
Asked if he would be interested in United, Seluk said: “Why not? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona.
“I understand this is two clubs who are rivals but for me, for example, this is not a problem from Yaya or from me. This problem will be from Manchester City staff.”