According to the Daily Star, City have emerged as strong contenders for the British starlets, and will engage in a transfer war with their closest rivals. United have long been credited with interest in both Shaw and Barkley, with David Moyes highlighting the pair as ideal additions during his proposed summer revamp.
It’s thought that the main incentive behind City’s desire to buy both players lies within their fears over failing to meet the Premier League’s squad requirements. Under current rules clubs in England’s top division must have at least eight home-grown players in a 25-man squad, and with Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell and Gareth Barry all linked with moves away from the Etihad, Manuel Pellegrini’s side is crying out for English players.
Of course neither Everton or Southampton will want to let the youngsters leave their respective clubs. Barkley has burst onto the scene since the start of this year and has now become a key fixture in Roberto Martinez’s squad at Goodison Park, whereas Shaw, who made his England debut only last week, is one of the most sought after prospects in Europe.
It remains to be seen if either City or United will be able to make headway with the anticipated transfers, but the Red Devils are unable to steer themselves towards the Champions League next season it may well impact detrimentally upon their chances.