Transfer bin: Manchester City to pay £25m for Ross Barkley

Manchester City reportedly want Everton's Ross Barkley, but the move does not make sense.

Reports have surfaced this morning that Manchester City are prepared to spend up to £25 million on Everton's Ross Barkley.

The Citizens are apparently interested in signing the England youngster, but the transfer makes no sense.

Barkley has just committed his long-term future to Everton and he seems a player grounded enough to realise that his future would be better served by staying at Goodison Park.

The 20-year-old is a prodigious talent, but he has already seen Jack Rodwell fail after making a move to the current Premier League champions and he is unlikely to make the same mistake.

Barkley is a player who Roberto Martinez intends to build his team around and selling him would send out the wrong message in what is an exciting time for the club.

Despite the Toffees' poor start to the campaign, they are making progress under the stewardship of the Spaniard and selling Barkley is surely something they will not contemplate.

City, of course, have the money to make any team part with their prized assets, but a move for Barkley doesn't make sense.

They already have a wealth of riches in the attacking midfield department and although Barkley would offer them an English player for the Champions League, parting with the exorbitant fee that would surely be required to encourage Everton to sell Barkley would make their struggles to fit in with financial fair-play regulations even harder.

The move itself, therefore, is one which simply doesn't make sense for any party involved to pursue and Barkley is likely to be playing for Everton for a considerable amount of time yet before moving on. 

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