English Premier League football giants Liverpool are planning a summer move for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer once his contract expires in June. With long-time central defender Jamie Carragher having just retired, Liverpool are looking to sign two center backs, with Toure being one of their prime targets. Liverpool is trying to bring its way back into the ranks of the Premier League elite.
The 32-year-old Manchester City from English Premier League rivals Arsenal in July of 2009 for Â£14 million. He has also made 105 international appearances for Cote Dâ€™Ivoire beginning in 2000 with six goals scored. He and younger brother Yaya Toure were part of the Bluesâ€™ team that won the English Premier League title in 2012, the clubâ€™s first title for 44 years. However, his Manchester City career had gone downhill ever since a six-month ban that occurred during the 2010-11 season for allegedly taking a banned substance found in diet pills. Toure only made 18 appearances for Manchester City in the 2012-13 season and was left out of their squad for the Champions League campaign. Man City are in a state of flux currently, having just let go of manager Roberto Mancini, with rumors swirling that Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is set to take over.
The 32-year-old Toure also has another brother, Ibrahim, who plays for Egyptian football club Makasa. He has a wife, Ewa, and a son, Yassine, and daughter, Sania. Toure is currently in the United States as part of Man Cityâ€™s post-season tour, but the proposed move to Liverpool is reportedly likely to progress quickly once he returns to England.