Manchester City are set to launch a £25million bid for Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 20-year old performed well for England during the World Cup and has been the subject of intense transfer speculation following his displays for Everton last season.
City are trying to tempt Everton into pursuing a deal by using Jack Rodwell - who has endured a torrid time at the Etihad - as bait, and Rodwell appears keen on a return to Goodison Park.
He has made only seven starts for the club and is also on the radar of Sunderland and Newcastle.
Barkley - who has also attracted the interest of Manchester United - excelled on Merseyside last campaign and made 38 appearances in all competitions.
Everton appear to be unwilling to let their prize asset depart for pastures new, but City feel they can lure them in to a deal by using Rodwell's desire to rejoin the Toffees and revive his career under Roberto Martinez.
The Premier League champions are aiming to increase the amount of 'home grown' talent in their squad as the likes of Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott and James Milner all could leave the club in a summer transfer window clear-out.
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