The News Desk was talking about it yesterday, and lo and behold it’s come true today; this afternoon Liverpool announced a deal in principal to sign former Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on July 1st.
The defender is set to become Liverpool’s first signing of the summer after finalizing terms, which have yet to be released, on a two year deal. With the retirement of Jamie Carragher, Brendan Rodgers has moved swiftly to seal off the vacuum, both on and off the pitch, the defenders absence will create. If a relatively young team needs guidance and leadership on the pitch, then Toure has it in abundance having won three Premier League trophies, three FA Cups and three Community Shields between his time with Arsenal and Manchester City.
The 32 year old fell out of favor at the Etihad Stadium and made just 18 starts for the Citizens last term as their campaign to retain the Premier League trophy fizzled out in spectacular fashion. After four years in Manchester, Toure makes the move to Merseyside on a free transfer with more defensive re-enforcements – those that more fit the mould of the Anfield club’s “buy young” policy — expected in the coming months.