Jurgen Klopp faces one of his toughest summer transfer windows as the reds face another hiatus in Europe after finishing eighth in the league and losing an all important Europa League final. Players have to be ensured about the Klopp project and will have to pay more to sign new faces. It will be all more difficult as the rivals are all set to splash the cash and make some big money signings again. Klopp is known for his prowess in the transfer market of making some shrewd signings and Liverpool badly need some of those if they have to challenge the financial power of Manchester clubs.
Along with signings, players are needed to be offloaded which are surplus and also which are no longer required or not at the level that the club aspire to. Players like Martin Skrtel, Adam Bogdan, Joao Teixeira, but one decision that has saddened the supporters is the release of Kolo Toure for the next season. Toure’s contract had expired and the player had hoped for a contract renewal but the club is reported to offer just a coaching role for the Ivorian, but the player wants to play furthermore and sadly it won’t happen at Anfield.
Toure has been a fan favourite since his arrival at the club and has been a leader in the dressing room and as Klopp had stated, Toure has been an important figure for the Club in his time. The Ivorian has given his all, be it at the training ground or in a game. With age, his pace had lowered, but his positional knowledge, courageous play made up for his lost pace. Toure had the character to succeed for any club he played and whenever he will retire, he will go down as a great of the game. For now, let’s take a look at the three possible destinations for the 35 year old to ply his trade:
1. AS Monaco:
Monaco have reportedly made contact with Toure’s agent ahead of a potential move to the Ligue 1 side. The French side wants to team up the Ivorian with the new experienced 38 year old captain, Ricardo Carvalho. They need solidity and experience at the club as Monaco have a relatively young side and Toure can provide the same influence to the French side as he did to the young players at Liverpool.
2. New York City FC:
The MLS outfit is owned by Man City owner and Toure left the Citizens on good terms and America seems to be a good opportunity to play across the continent and earn some good money. The side will be managed by Patrick Viera next season, who was a teammate of the Ivorian during their time at Arsenal and the Frenchman will need his experience when he takes over the reigns in the MLS.
3. ASEC Mimosas:
The most successful club of Ivory Coast has produced a host of talents like the Toure brothers, Gervinho and Emmanuel Eboue. Kolo has expressed his desire to return to his parent club and this is the best chance to give something back to the club who gave the chance for the defender to shine.