The alleged Leeds United target has committed his long-term future to Manchester City.
The 18-year-old left winger was linked with Leeds United earlier this summer, but a string of impressive performances for the Blues during pre-season have now ensured his long-term future is with Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
In truth Barker’s stay at City was never in doubt, such is his talent, but HITC reported last month that Leeds were interested in bringing the youngster to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal to solve their problems out wide.
Shortly after, Barker made a name for himself for City’s senior side on tour and the Yorkshire Evening Post went on to claim that he had been ruled out as an option by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino due to the Premier League club’s reluctance to part with him permanently.
Just how highly City rate Barker – and why they were never going to sanction a permanent move to Leeds – has now been made clear with his five-year contract.
Barker is a left winger who has featured 18 times for City’s under-21 side to date, scoring six goals and providing four assists in that time.
He has also netted four goals and set up four more in 11 appearances in the UEFA Youth League.
In short he is a very bright prospect and now City have tied him down until at least the summer of 2020.
Leeds may have been reluctant to take Barker on a loan deal and they may be close to signing Stuart Dallas (as reported by London 24) but given the youngster’s talent Cellino may have been wise to offer a loan alternative because the likelihood is someone else will do just that ahead of the new campaign.