Manchester City are back in the hunt to bring Ross Barkley to the Etihad, according to reports.
Manuel Pellegrini was interested in bringing the 20-year-old to Manchester over the summer but was stunned by Everton's asking price of £30 million.
However, according to The Sun, the Premier League champions are ready to go back in for Barkley next summer with the midfielder being valued at £50 million.
Barkley broke in to the Everton starting line-up at the beginning of last season and never looked back as he made 34 league appearances, scoring six goals.
The England international was a major part in Roberto Martinez's side as the Goodison Park club finished fifth, just seven points outside the Champions League spots. The former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United loanee has missed the start of the new campaign after suffering an injury to his medial collateral ligament.
It was originally believed the midfielder could be out for up to five months, however he could make his comeback as early as November.
Having barely added new additions to their squad, Everton are missing the midfielder and have made a stuttering start to the 2014-15 season, picking up five points in as many games, as a result.
Described by Martinez, who took over from David Moyes at the beginning of last season, as a mixture of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack, Barkley can play on the wing or in the centre, deployed as an attacking or defensive midfielder.
Would Manchester City be the best place for him?
Barkley's career at Everton is only going in one direction. Having broke in to the starting line-up he worked his way in to the England squad and was named in the 23 to travel to Brazil.
He made his World Cup debut as a substitute in the 2-1 loss to Italy and is touted as future leader of the national team as he continues to develop with age.
With the rules on homegrown talent, City are always looking to bring in English talent.
There have been examples in the past of players' careers stagnating at the Etihad. Just look at Jack Rodwell, who joined Sunderland in the summer after two years in Manchester.
When he joined City in 2012 from Everton, Rodwell was one of the brightest talents in English football, but two years later, having made just 16 league appearances, he was sold to Sunderland and is now having to rebuild his career.
Another example is that of Scott Sinclair. Having shone in Swansea's debut top flight season, scoring eight goals in 38 games, City signed the wide-man and after making 11 appearances and scoring no goals he was farmed out on-loan to West Brom.
After a poor loan spell he is now back at City for the new campaign, making up the quota of home-grown talent and looks resigned to a season of bench warming and cup appearances against lower league opposition.
But for Barkley things may be different. He is looked upon as one of the only English talents that could slot straight into the Champions' starting line-up, along with Joe Hart and James Milner, and with questions over Yaya Toure's long-term future at the club the youngster is seen as the ideal replacement.
It is a decision Ross will have to think long and hard about. Martinez is a manager who can get the best out of Barkley and help him become a world beater, however a move to Manchester would see him take that step to the next level, opening the door to Champions League competition and Premier League titles.
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