The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Citizens in the past, the Mirror reporting back in November that City have been told they must fork out an astonishing £60million in order to sign him.
As the season comes to a close, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have come unstuck in their bid to retain their Premier League title and big changes via a squad overhaul are expected this summer.
Barkley is one of those tipped to make a move to the Etihad Stadium, but Barry feels his promising teammate would be making a big mistake in leaving Goodison Park.
“Personally, I think he’s still too young to make that move,” Barry was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “He’s still learning the game. He’s got the right manager here to push him to the next level.
“As soon as he reaches that next level, then there’s another decision to be made. At the moment, I think it’s too early.”
Would Manchester City be right for Ross Barkley?
Young players have moved to Manchester City in recent years and excelled, but the number are few and far between, and it’s no surprise given their talent and squad depth.
City’s owners have backed their managers heavily in the pursuit of major silverware, attracting the world’s best talent and competing in the latter stages of Europe’s premier club competition, the Champions League.
There is plenty of pressure on their players to perform, and a young, talented player such as Barkley moving to the Etihad – especially considering their current problems – would be a huge risk.
The England international is already playing for one of the Premier League’s most established clubs, and the Toffees can help him to reach a top level and prepare him better for when his big moment does arrive further down the line.