Yaya Toure will buy himself out of his contract if Manchester City try to keep him for the final year of his current deal.
The Ivory Coast international is ready to make City pay for their reluctance to hand him a new three-year agreement by invoking a controversial FIFA regulation to become a free agent in the summer.
Toure’s adviser, Dimitri Seluk, told Sunday Mirror Sport that City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has broken two promises about a timetable for negotiations for a contract extension.
And tough-talking Seluk has given City two options now that the club has made it clear there will be no new offer ahead of Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad.
The first is to hand the 32-year-old a free transfer in the summer as reward for a six-year stint at the Etihad that has arguably made Toure the most important player in the club’s history.
The powerful midfielder would then make a promise not to sign for another Premier League club.
The second would see Toure use Article 17 of FIFA’s transfer regulations – also known as the Webster Ruling – to pay compensation to City for the remaining 12 months of his contract.
Toure currently earns a cool £230,000-a-week at the Etihad – almost £12million a year – but Seluk has calculated that he would be able to prise his man out of the club for less than £10million.
That’s a figure he would easily recoup through a signing-on fee with another club.
The former Barcelona and Monaco star would then be free to negotiate terms with any interested club – and Seluk has already been approached by some of Europe’s biggest names.
Seluk said: “I spoke to City about a new contract and they said wait until December. I spoke to them in December and they said wait until March.
“Now they are saying Yaya must wait until the summer.
“This is unacceptable. A player like Yaya Toure should not be moving towards the last year of his contact wondering if he is going to get a new deal.
“He is 32. He has three or four years left at the top and City must tell Yaya now what they want to do.
“The best idea would be to give Yaya a three-year contract that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career. The second is to say ‘thank you’ and allow him to leave for nothing.
“Then Yaya can spend three seasons with another big club. He still believes it is his destiny to win another Champions League.
“But I will not let Yaya waste a year at City. I will not let City keep him because, in one more year, his chances of joining another big club will be smaller.”
He added: “I will go to FIFA. I will write to them and tell them that we will buy Yaya out of his contact,” he said.