Arsenal are prepared to offer Gareth Barry a £60,000-per-week deal

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Arsenal are prepared to match the wages of a recent contract offer made to Gareth Barry by Premier League rivals Everton.

This is according to recent reports from talkSPORT, which claim that the Toffees - who loaned Barry from Manchester City for the entire 2013/14 season - have presented the veteran midfielder with the possibility of an initial an two-year deal on £60,000-per-week.

The Gunners are supposedly willing to match that figure, as they seek to bolster their midfield options ahead of a possible title challenge.

While Barry - who is a free agent this summer following his release from the Etihad Stadium - performed admirably for Everton during a hugely prosperous spell on Merseyside under Roberto Martinez, it seems incredibly unlikely that Arsenal supporters would be particularly enthused to see him arrive at the club.

This would be no slight on the former England international's reputable character, rather a general bemusement at why Arsene Wenger deems him a necessary addition in the first place.

It is certainly no secret that Arsenal could perhaps benefit from the recruitment of a new defensively-minded midfielder, yet Barry - despite his renaissance at Goodison Park - would surely not feature particularly highly on many wishlists.

Indeed, pursuing him at all may seem to represent a concerning lack of ambition ahead of what is sure to be a crucial transfer window for Arsenal.

Following on from their FA Cup triumph, the Gunners have a real chance now to finally break free of the shackles of their self-imposed frugality and ensure that they make the signings necessary to kick-on and enable to compete for trophies on a far more consistent basis.

As a consummate professional with a wealth of top-flight experience, Barry would probably do a solid if notably unspectacular job for Arsenal if he were to move to North London this summer.

However, such a signing is unlikely to excite and it could be that the club are better off turning their attentions - and indeed their cash - elsewhere.

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is one particularly eye-catching name that has been recently linked with a summer switch, although it remains to be seen if he could be tempted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu following the Spanish giants' recent Champions League success.

Arsenal fans, would you be content to see your club offer such a contract to Barry? Would he represent a good signing or are you hoping to see Wenger aim a little higher in the transfer market? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

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