According to The Mirror, Manchester City are set to launch a fresh bid of up to £35 million for England’s young prodigy Ross Barkley.
City who are still yet to offer new contracts to Joe Hart and James Milner and have been quoted an astounding £50 million for the 20-year-old Toffees academy product.
This figure was £20 million more than what the Premier League champions were willing to pay for the attacking midfielder so the proposed deal never happened and Barkley remained at Goodison Park.
One of our punters notes that City are desperate to comply with squad regulations set by the Premier League and UEFA and they must invest in home-grown players, meaning that Barkley is back on their radar.
Although the deal never happened last summer, it is understood that Manuel Pellegrini remains keen on Barkley and is ready to negotiate a fee for him next summer.
Barkley featured in all three of England’s matches at the World Cup in Brazil and alongside Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he is seen as the future for the Three Lions.
He signed a new four-year contract in July but City are not going to let this put them off and will test the Toffees’ resolve to keep their man.
However, City are said to be unwilling to match Everton’s £50 million valuation and they’re hoping that a bid of around £35 million could ultimately prove successful.
Manchester City fans. If your £35 million offer fails, would you be happy on spending £50 million on Ross Barkley? Let us know your thoughts below.