MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Yaya Toure of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Etihad Stadium on May 9, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Yaya Toure: 7 Possible Destinations for the Former Man City Star Following Olympiacos Exit

Yaya Touré's Olympiacos career has come to an end just three months after he joined the Greek side as a free agent in the summer.

 

The Ivorian, who helped the Piraeus outfit win a league and cup double in his first stint during the 2005/06 season, had his contract terminated by mutual consent as he reportedly travels back to the UK.


Despite being 35 and not playing much competitive football in the last two-and-a-half seasons, the former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder is a living legend in the game and will no doubt have suitors.


Reports suggest he is angling for a move back to the Premier League. Here is a list of seven possible destinations for the midfielder, both in England and overseas.

7. West Ham United

West Ham were linked with the midfielder in the summer, with reports suggesting that the Ivorian was keen on reuniting with Manuel Pellegrini, with whom he won a Premier League title and two League Cups at Manchester City.


However, it is alleged that the Chilean manager didn't want to bring his former player to the London Stadium.


The Hammers sit 11th in the league and are pushing for a top-half finish, but are currently without key versatile central midfielders in Carlos Sánchez, Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini. 


With another City old boy in Samir Nasri likely to link up with Pellegrini for the second half of the season, just maybe Toure will be offered a short-term deal too.

6. Fulham

Yaya Touré was also linked with a move to Fulham in the summer transfer window. 


He may choose to follow a similar route as that of former teammate Bacary Sagna, who left Manchester City to join Serie A strugglers Benevento last season, by joining the Premier League's bottom club Fulham.


Having experienced the highs of league success at City, he may opt for a new challenge by trying to help the Cottagers survive relegation and maintain their top-flight status, which is in jeopardy after just two wins from 16 matches.


Touré's acquisition may be aided by the fact that compatriot Jean Michaël Seri also plays for the club.

5. Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has previously worked with Yaya's brother Kolo at Liverpool and the Scottish champions and could be tempted to exploit the connection to beef up their midfield options.


The Hoops already have several central-midfielders but the former Manchester City man possesses bags of experience as well as European pedigree, which could be pivotal for the Celts, who are hoping to remain in the Europa League.


Considering how much of a fan favourite his brother was at Celtic Park, Yaya may be tempted by a move to Glasgow. A warm welcome might be just what the former Ivory Coast international requires, following a turbulent last season with City and an uninspired spell at Olympiacos.

4. Shanghai SIPG

Touré was allegedly linked with a move to Shanghai SIPG when he was at Manchester City. However, the Ivorian reportedly rejected big-money moves from China in favour of what he deemed 'competitive high-class football'.


Considering he's at an age where his hopes of starting regularly are restricted in the Premier League, he may have to settle for a club where the quality of football doesn't have a baring. 


In spite of the contrast in the quality of football, the Red Eagles won the Chinese Super League this season and have a strong squad with former Europa League winners in Oscar and Hulk.

3. New York City

Touré could make the most of his former side's affiliation with Major League Soccer outfit New York City.


The club are owned by the same owners of Manchester City and given his success with the Sky Blues, he may use that relationship to aid his hopes of a move to MLS.


The franchise finished as Eastern Conference runners-up last season and have signed a host of former Champions League winners in David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, who played alongside Touré at City.


Lampard also reportedly insisted that despite the physical nature of the league, he could see the Ivorian playing there for at least a couple of years.

2. Melbourne City

Like New York City, Melbourne City are also owned by the City Football Group and Touré could also apply his trade in the A-League considering his relationship with former side Manchester City.


The league isn't as high-profile as that of the MLS, which in itself isn't the most competitive league, but by making a move to Australia, he could become one of the most well-known players to make his mark in the league since former Everton striker Tim Cahill, who moved to the same team, or Romário, who signed for Adelaide United in 2006.

1. Fenerbahçe

There was much speculation linking Touré to a move to Turkish side Fenerbahçe prior to his exit in the summer from Manchester City.


Fener have endured a difficult campaign thus far. They have managed to win just three games in 15 league matches and find themselves second-last in the relegation zone.


They do, however, have several former Premier League players in the side, including Roberto Soldado, Mauricio Isla, Martin Škrtel, André Ayew and Islam Slimani and the addition of another former Premier League contingent in Touré would certainly help to get them out of their current predicament.


They also qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League, which could potentially sway the Ivorian to move to The Yellow Canaries.