With Kolo Toure’s Manchester City career looking to be over, would a loan move back to Arsenal be best for all three parties.
With clubs seemingly unwilling to pay what City want for the defender a loan looks most likely and if they did what they have done with other loan deals where they share his wages not only would the player be in a better place, but Arsenal would get some added cover in defence and City will have more space available for more transfers and reducing their wage bill, to a degree.
Since his move to Manchester City his career has taken a turn for the worst. When Mark Hughes signed him for City he was made club captain, but the following season with Mancini in charge for his first full season he took the captaincy away from Toure and gave it to Tevez. Although Toure still featured for City that would soon come to and end when he was failed a drugs test and was banned for six months for taking slimming tablets.
Things between Toure and City were never the same after that and he was fined £740,000, around six weeks wages, after he had served his suspension and has not been first choice in Mancini’s side since. In three seasons Toure has made 75 appearances for City, where as in his final three seasons at Arsenal he made 135. It seems that Toure isn’t going to figure into Mancini’s plans this season as he was an unused sub in the community shield with Savic starting ahead of him, and when changes needed to be made Clichy was chosen ahead of Toure. Lescott and Kompany have also forged a strong partnership so it seems highly unlikely Toure is going to be seeing much playing time at the Etihad this season, especially if they step up their chase for Liverpool Daniel Agger.
Arsenal are looking to offload Squillaci and will be looking to bolster their defence. Toure would probably not disrupt the partnership Koscielny and Vermaelen have, but would be able to forge a good partnership with Djourou and help bring the player along too. If Arsenal did loan back Toure, then along with Koscielny and Vermaelen and Mertesacker Arsenal would have a very strong defence and would be in a much better position that they were at the beginning of last season.
Will it happen, probably not. Should it, I think so, yes.