Arsenal have opened talks with Gareth Barry over a £4million move from Manchester City, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims the Gunners are in pole position to land the England international, who has just 12-months left on his current contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Barry, who currently earns £100,000 a week at Manchester City, fears he won’t be in the plans of new manager Manuel Pellegrini after featuring regularly under old boss Roberto Mancini.
And, with the 2014 World Cup now one season away, the 32-year-old believes he may have to leave the Citizens to be involved with the Three Lions in Brazil, the paper claims.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the favourite to land the player, with the lure of regular first-team football an integral part of the deal at the Emirates Stadium.
The report claims the Gunners will offer Barry a 12-month contract on £75,000 a week, with the chance to extend the deal by another year if the stint in north London is a success.
Arsenal aren’t the only club interested in Barry, the paper claims, with West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur also keen.
Andre Villas-Boas is eager to build a Spurs side capable of challenging for a place in the Champions League, and the defensive-midfielder would fit nicely into the 4-2-3-1 formation that the Portuguese manager likes to play.
And, with Paulinho already joining the club this summer, Tottenham Hotspur have shown they are willing to compete in the transfer market.