Chelsea, Madrid chase Toure

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Yaya Toure dribble v ChelseaGettyImagesChelsea are reportedly keen on signing Yaya Toure

Manchester City Yaya Toure's ongoing contract talks has ignited interest from around Europe with Chelsea and Real Madrid leading the way in the pursuit of the Ivory Coast international.

According to The Sun, Toure is said to be unhappy with City's failure to agree to terms and is prepared to listen to offers from other clubs if a new contract isn't signed during the international break.

The 29-year-old's ultimatum has sparked interest in both England and Spain with Chelsea seeing Toure as the perfect replacement for England international Frank Lampard.

But the reigning European champions will have some stiff competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid, with manager Jose Mourinho said to be a massive fan of the player.

However, Toure isn't the only City player Madrid has their eyes on, with the Daily Star reporting the club are ready to make a massive offer for striker Sergio Aguero.

Aguero has been an hit at the Etihad Stadium since arriving 18-months ago from Atletico Madrid, with his dramatic injury-time strike sealing the Premier League crown for City last season.

But following the breakdown of his marriage and the removal of his son back to Madrid, the 24-year-old is becoming disillusioned with life in England.

And Madrid are jumping at the chance to offer the Argentine striker a way out of Eastlands, with Los Bancos preparing a staggering £45 million bid to test City manager Roberto Mancini's resolve.

However, the deal could rest on the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, and whether Madrid continues their interest in Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

Finally, incoming Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is preparing a massive raid on former club Barcelona.

But according to Spanish outlet AS, Guardiola is not coming back for superstar Lionel Messi or Spanish duo Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, but for his old backroom staff.

Guardiola is expected to visit his old club this week and will use the opportunity to lure physician Emili Ricart and scouts Domenec Torrent and Carles Planchart to the Bavarian giants.

Manuel Estiarte, Barcelona's head of external relations during Guardiola's reign, is reported to be definitely joining his old boss in Germany.

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