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England international midfielder on Manchester City’s radar

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Ross Barkley is a surprise target for Manchester City.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is expected to leave the Goodison Park after seven years with the Toffees’ senior side. He was previously linked with a host of Premier League clubs but decided to stay at Everton. Following another stellar season for the Merseyside team, Barkley is finally ready to ply his trade elsewhere.

Barkley, 23, has been largely expected to join Tottenham at the start of this transfer window but Everton’s valuation of £50m seems to be a big hurdle for them. Ronald Koeman has already confirmed that the England international is “100% certain” to leave the club this summer.

Barkley’s availability has alerted other Premier League clubs too with Daily Star reporting that Manchester City are leading the battle alongside Tottenham for his signature. Aresenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham are thought to be the other clubs interested in him.

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City haven’t been actively linked with any midfielder this window but considering Gundogan’s injury problems & Yaya Toure and Fernandinho’s age, Barkley is a viable attractive option. Barkley’s addition would increase City’s homegrown quota too as it is expected Fabian Delph will be sold this summer.

Manchester City have already spent a huge amount of money in this transfer window. So, if they are genuinely interested in Barkley, they would expect Everton to lower their £50m valuation of Barkley, who has just one year left in his contract.

Everton are already planning to replace Barkley with Sigurdsson. Both City and Spurs officials remain hopeful that Everton will finally be ready to let Barkley go for a fee in the region of £25m-£30m.