As expected, the possible transfer of Kolo Toure has progressed since news broke this afternoon that we were in talks with Arsenal and The Guardian reports that Toure is set to leave Arsenal's training camp this evening to ahead of undergoing a medical:
This follows earlier comments from Arsene Wenger, in which he conceded that Toure is set to move:
Touré is expected to fly directly into Manchester to take a medical examination tomorrow and finalise the personal terms of a contract that will see him join the growing band of players at City who earn in excess of £100,000 a week.He will become the second Arsenal player to move from Arsenal to City this summer, following Emmanuel Adebayor for a combined outlay of £39m.
"We will see what's happening in the next 24 hours, nothing is decided yet.
"We have seven centre-backs and I am in the position where I have to play some in midfield but of course Kolo is a very good player and we will see what will happen in the next 24 hours."
It seems all but confirmed that Toure will join, to possibly create a partnership alongside Nedum Onouha. Whilst Toure is a good player, he is not a great player, belonging (I believe) in that second tier of players and whilst a good addition he is obviously overpriced and you do have to question just how much of an upgrade he is over Onouha or Kompany in that role.
His loss will be felt by Arsenal (as will that of Adebayor) and to dismiss his potential departure as selling on a player who is on the slide is stretching matters somewhat, and whilst Wenger is confident he will be easily replaced, I'm not so sure.
Looking at Arsenal's options, whilst the capture of Vermaelen is a potentially good one, it is still potential and there is a big risk involved with such a move. His loss and the experience he brings will clearly benefit us, whilst weakening Arsenal at a time where they do not appear to making the progress sides around them are doing.