Manchester City have dropped their interest in Everton youngster Ross Barkley because of Everton’s asking price, according to the Mirror.
It is understood that the Toffees asked City for a minimum of £50 million for the England and Everton midfielder.
The same report adds that Manuel Pellegrini was interested in the youngster after a good performance against Manchester City towards the end of last season.
Barkley at Everton
While with the Toffees on Merseyside Barkley has made 47 appearances in the Barclay’s Premier League and has scored seven goals.
Barkley has however suffered an injury in pre season training that will keep him out for the first two months of the season. Barkley injured ligaments in his knee after a clash with team mate Gareth Barry.
The Mirror have reported that Roberto Martinez has said that Barkley is lucky that the injury was not earlier in pre-season.
Martinez said “If that action happened earlier in pre-season, it could have been a far more serious injury… Three weeks earlier and it would have been a full rupture because you are not as fit, strong and the body is not ready to react to that.”
City interest in Barkley
Manuel Pellegrini’s interest in the youngster was sparked after City’s game against the Toffees towards the end of last season.
It is reported that the Manchester club were willing to offer Everton £30 million for the English midfielder. City were also offering additional payments on top of that £30 million if Barkley fulfilled his potential at the club.
However City have now dropped their interest in the midfielder after Everton told them they would have to pay in excess of £50 million for Barkley.
That would be the most expensive English player beating the £35 million that Liverpool payed Newcastle for striker Andy Carroll.
However Barkley has just signed a new deal with Everton, keeping him at the club till 2018.