There is tension between Manchester City fans and Evertonians in the Football Transfer Tavern as the Manchester Evening News explains that Roberto Martinez has set an asking price of £60 million for Ross Barkley.
Punters are unsure on how Manuel Pellegrini is going to react to the news that he will have to make a record-breaking bid in order to bring in the 20-year-old.
One thing that is for certain though is that the goal scoring midfielder would add more directness to City’s playing style, which is something they have lacked in recent performances.
With Barkley now returning from injury, the Citizens are reportedly going to renew their interest after Martinez pulled the plug on a potential deal last summer.
Two key factors which have certainly driven up Barkley’s asking price are the fact he has signed a new four-year deal as well as being one of England’s most exciting prospects on the international stage.
But despite the extortionate price, Pellegrini’s desperation may lead to him submitting an offer within the £60 million region because the Chilean tactician knows his future is on the line if he fails to win any silverware this season.
One source close to the player said: “Its a Wayne Rooney situation all over again. Yet another player has comes through the brilliant academy set up at Goodison who so called bigger clubs are desperate to get their hands on.
“Ross Barkley is Everton through and through and flourishing under Roberto Martinez. However, he is ambitious and wants to be at a club on the biggest stage.”
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