Arsenal are reportedly lining up a shock summer move for experienced midfielder Gareth Barry, according to reports in Daily Express.
The England international has impressed since joining Everton on loan from Manchester City and has scored 3 goals and as many assists in the League this season.
The report states that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger attempted to bring the 32 year old to the Emirates on loan last summer, but only for City to refuse to allow the player to join a Premier League title rival. He then completed the loan switch to Everton instead, where his outstanding form under Roberto Martinez has prompted talk of an England recall.
It further states that City were prepared to sell Barry to Everton, however the move broke down when Barry indicated he wanted to wait until the summer to decide his future. He is out of contract with City at the end of the season, and will be allowed to move on a free transfer.
This has put Arsene Wenger on alert once again, with the Frenchman being a big admirer of the England international and his strong work ethic. Barry has made 175 appearances for Man City since his £12 million move in June 2009, playing his part in the club’s Premier League triumph back in 2011/12.
He has started 19 of Everton’s 23 Premier League fixtures and will battle the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky for a spot in the Gunners central midfield, if he makes the move to the Emirates. He is nearing the closing stage of his career which is a cause for concern, but given that he is available on a free transfer, he could prove to be a good addition to the squad at the Emirates.
His experience as well as fighting spirit would be much appreciated at the Emirates, but luring him could prove to be a very difficult task though, given that he would certainly not be guaranteed a starting berth at Arsenal.
I also think Wenger will only offer him a one year deal, as is club policy on player’s over the age of 30 and if Everton offer a longer term deal then there is every chance the former Aston Villa man may opt to remain at Goodison Park. I think we need to bring in a young athletic ball winner who should be an upgrade to our existing players and Barry definitely doesn’t fit the bill.
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