Yaya Toure is ready to buy out the final year of his contract at Manchester City.
The People says the Ivory Coast international is ready to make City pay for their reluctance to hand him a new three-year agreement by invoking a controversial FIFA regulation to become a free agent in the summer.
Toure currently earns a cool £230,000-a-week at the Etihad – almost £12million a year – but agent Dimitri Seluk has calculated that he would be able to prise his man out of the club for less than £10million.
Seluk said: “I spoke to City about a new contract and they said wait until December. I spoke to them in December and they said wait until March.
“Now they are saying Yaya must wait until the summer.
“This is unacceptable. A player like Yaya Toure should not be moving towards the last year of his contact wondering if he is going to get a new deal.
“He is 32. He has three or four years left at the top and City must tell Yaya now what they want to do.
“The best idea would be to give Yaya a three-year contact that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career. The second is to say ‘thank you’ and allow him to leave for nothing.
“Then Yaya can spend three seasons with another big club. He still believes it is his destiny to win another Champions League.
“But I will not let Yaya waste a year at City. I will not let City keep him because, in one more year, his chances of joining another big club will be smaller.”
He added: “I will go to FIFA. I will write to them and tell them that we will buy Yaya out of his contact.”