Matuidi arrival could see Barry’s Everton loan made permanent

Manchester City are lining up the PSG player as a long-term replacement for the Englishman.

Gareth Barry may have already played his last game for Manchester City after it was revealed that the Blues are lining up a bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s combative midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The 26-year-old is reportedly considering a move away from the Parc des Princes and sees City as the ideal destination, with the Manchester club among an elite few who can compete with the wages offered by the Parisiens.

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Contract negotiations have already begun with the Ligue 1 champions, though any failure to reach an agreement could ultimately result in a Matuidi move to the Premier League, with City also able to offer the player Champions League football.

The former St Etienne star could be free to leave next summer, meaning he could also be available for a significantly reduced fee as PSG seek to recoup some of the £6.5m shelled out for the player back in July 2011.

Any move for the Frenchman may then signal the end of Barry’s time at Eastlands, with the England international currently thriving on loan at Everton, where his calm leadership skills have proven hugely beneficial to both the team and emerging youngsters like Ross Barkley.

Barry meanwhile has already expressed his happiness with life at GoodisonPark, telling the Liverpool Echo he feels 'part of the family'.

At 32 years of age, he is also likely to be available to the traditionally shrewd Roberto Martinez for next to nothing and is seen by some Toffees fans as the spiritual successor to Phil Neville, with a steady head and big game experience in abundance.

A permanent move to Merseyside could also see Barry curtail his England career in favour of enjoying regular first team football in the Premier League with Everton as he enters the final few years of a solid career.

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