Yaya Toure – Afriyie Acquah will replace me at City

Manchester City are reportedly considering a bid for Sampdoria’s Afriyie Acquah.

The Ghanaian international has gained a reputations in Serie A this season as a hard-hitting midfielder, having picked up nine yellow cards and a red in 18 appearances.

Acquah, 23, has revealed he speaks regularly to Toure, who was branded the midfielder “his heir at Manchester City”.

Speaking to newspaper Secolo XIX about his recent Africa Cup of Nations clash with Ivorian Toure, Acquah said: “We went into a challenge, he dived and simulated injury. I wagged my finger at him. Yaya Toure was always my idol.

“Once the game was over, he called me and we talked. He said that I played well and one day I’d be his heir at Manchester City.

“For now, my City is Samp. I am still in contact with Toure, though.”

Toure is expected to leave City this summer for Inter, who are managed by former title-winning manager Roberto Mancini.