Arsenal and Tottenham look as though they could be involved in one of the biggest transfer battles in the Premier League this summer, as both prepare to do battle for Manchester City’s Gareth Barry.
According to the Daily Mail the English midfielder is on the radar at both the Emirates and White Hart Lane, and with City to offload him at the end of the season when he becomes a free agent, it seems as though they are set to fight it out for his signature. This follows reports that Everton - who want to keep Barry on a permanent contract after his impressive loan spell - may be forced to drop out of contention as his £100,000-a-week wages are double what they are prepared to pay.
However Barry’s ultimate decision will likely be made after he has listened to the offers from Spurs and Arsenal. The 33-year-old is sure to know that he will be afforded far less playing time should he opt for a move to north London, and it’s believed that he is currently enjoying his role as mentor to Ross Barkley at Goodison Park.
Barry has revelled in the defensive midfield role at Everton this season, but it’s hard to see where he would fit in at either Arsenal or Tottenham, with both sides having a number of options in the middle of the park.