Unconfirmed (and, admittedly, unlikely) reports coming out of Italy are suggesting that Inter Milan will make a shock £17m swoop for Gareth Barry this summer.
Manchester City have already made their position very clear: he’s not for sale.
However, Barry is rumoured to be top on Leonardo’s list of transfer targets, and the Serie A side may not only up their offer should City reject their initial approach, but they may also try to tempt the Eastlands outfit with a player plus cash swap deal.
Apparently, that’s how high the new Inter boss rates City’s midfield stalwart.
Whatever your opinion of Barry, nobody could dispute the fact that he has been a central figure since Roberto Mancini took over at Eastlands, remaining one of the few permanent fixtures in City’s ever-changing first 11.
His manager would surely not want to lose him, his club does not want to sell him, and City certainly don’t need the money. That should be that, then, shouldn’t it?
Well, not if Inter were willing to offer a player like Wesley Sneijder in exchange; Mancini might say “no” to that, but not many others would! And not if Barry, at 29-years-old, fancied a new challenge in his career before it became too late.
So, it’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened!
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