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Toure is good, but is he worth £54 million?

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Yaya Toure is a key player for both Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team. But at 32, is he worth the risk for Inter?

Several outlets are reporting a story that has gained traction over the past few days regarding Inter Milan and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

If rumors are to be believed, the Nerazzurri are in the process of preparing a bid for the Ivorian player that includes a contract worth more than £10 million over 5 years.

This is troubling for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Toure's age. The admittedly influential midfielder turns 32 next month, and it would not be unwise for Mancini and company to heavily weigh that fact as they open and/or continue negotiations with City and Toure.

Another highly troubling aspect of this proposed deal is the sheer price itself. If Inter are going to shell out £50+ million on a player, it should be on a player that is both proven and has years ahead of him. It would be foolish to argue that Toure is not 'proven', as he has shown on numerous occasions that he can single-handedly take over a match for his team. But I'm not so sure Inter is the kind of team that can afford to throw that kind of cash at a player who is one minor setback away from becoming a pile of wasted money on Inter's bench.

As if anyone needs reminding, we need defenders. In my opinion, Mancini would be much better off taking that fifty million pounds and spending it on a back line that will help the squad actually preserve leads and win close matches rather than give up late equalizers or winners, as has become their custom.

Surely I'm not alone in this. What do you think of the rumors regarding Toure and Inter?