Arsenal are leading the race to sign Manchester City outcast Gareth Barry when the on-loan Everton midfielder returns to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
The Sunday Mirror reports how the north London club want to recruit the 33-year-old when the transfer window reopens, to provide cover in the middle of the park for the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the veteran England international, and plans to add him to his Emirates Stadium ranks for the 2014/15 campaign.
Arsenal will face competition from a number of rival Premier League clubs for Barry's signature, with Roberto Martinez likely to want to keep him at Goodison Park following an impressive season with the Toffees.
Manuel Pellegrini is happy to let the former Aston Villa star leave Manchester City given the wealth of midfield options he has available to him.
With his £100,000-a-week contract set to expire with the Citizens, Barry is unlikely to earn as lucrative a deal at his next club, but will weigh up his options carefully as he approaches the end of his playing career.
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