Toure set to sign for Barca

MADRID - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is poised to sign for Barcelona after arriving in the city on Sunday to finalise the details of a move from Monaco.

MADRID - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is poised to sign for Barcelona after arriving in the city on Sunday to finalise the details of a move from Monaco.

"It's a great opportunity for me because Barca are one of the best teams in the world," the 24-year-old told Barca TV. "It is a big step forward for me to come to Barcelona.

"They play great football in the Spanish league ... I want to play for Barca."

Barcelona said they were still in talks with the Ligue 1 club but hoped to close the deal early next week. Toure, who is the younger brother of Arsenal defender Kolo Toure, joined Monaco from Olympiakos last year. He is ranked as one of the most promising defensive midfielders in Europe. - Reuters

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