Arsenal free to sign Gareth Barry

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Gareth Barry could join Arsenal this summer
Gareth Barry could join Arsenal this summer.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton will now compete for the signature of England international Gareth Barry after the 33-year-old was released by Manchester City.

The central midfielder, who spent five years with the Citizens, is one of eight players released by the Premier League champions. Other notable departures include England international defender Joleon Lescott and back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who briefly took the number one jersey off Joe Hart earlier this season.

Barry spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan with Everton and was one of the Toffees’ standout players in a fantastic campaign for the Merseyside outfit. Roberto Martinez is keen to secure the midfielder’s services on a permanent basis, but Everton are only prepared to offer him a £50,000-a-week contract, while the player is aiming to remain on his current weekly wage of £80,000-a-week.

The fact Tottenham are still without a manager means north London rivals Arsenal are in pole position to land the former Aston Villa star. Barry leaves Manchester City having won the FA Cup and Premier League during his five-year tenure with the north-west outfit.

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