Everton have fallen behind in the race to sign Manchester City star Gareth Barry, leaving Tottenham and Arsenal to fight it out for his signature.
According to the Express the trio of clubs vying to land the former England international has slipped to two, as Barry prefers a move to either one of the north London giants ahead of staying on Merseyside. It’s believed that the 33-year-old is aiming to remain on his current weekly wage of £80,000-a-week and, with Everton only willing to offer him £50,000-a-week, he is hoping that both Tottenham and Arsenal will be prepared to match what Man City have been paying him.
The midfielder has been in good form this season under Roberto Martinez, and his revival has captured the attention of a number of teams. It’s clear now that he will not be kept on by City for next term but will not be making his stay at Goodison Park permanent either.
It’s believed that instead he could move to either Tottenham, who are in dire need of experienced Premier League players coming off the back of what has been a tumultuous campaign, or Arsenal, where Arsene Wenger is keen to maintain a healthy balance between his young guns and those who have established pedigree at the highest level.
It’s thought that due to Spurs being manager-less, the Gunners currently have the jump in the race for Barry, but if Wenger can attract other targets then he may not move for the former Aston Villa captain after all.