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According to various reports emanating from Sky Sports News, Aston Villa have confirmed that Gareth Barry is in talks with Manchester City.
Although it was thought that the 28-year-old may be on the move this summer, the news that he has entered negotiations with the Citizens is somewhat surprising.
The midfielder had been expected to move to a club playing in the Champions League next season.
As it stands, should Barry leave Aston Villa for Manchester City, he will leave a team which has qualified for the Europa League to join a side which will not be playing in any continental competition in 2009/10.
The Source: (Sky Sports as reported on goal.com)
It appears that Gareth Barry’s future could be decided in the next few days which will be a great relief for anyone who remembers with fear and dread the way the Aston Villa man’s protracted move to Liverpool last summer dragged on and on.
Rafa Benitez does appear to have stepped back from another move for the England man, and this could well be down to the large transfer fee placed on a player with just one season left on his contract. As money is not a factor at Man City one can see why they are now the front runners for the 28 year old’s signature.
However such a move does somewhat go against Martin O’Neill’s previous stated demands that he would only be happy to let his captain leave if it were to a team able to offer Gareth Champions League football, which clearly Mark Hughes can not do?
Barry to Manchester City: On the cards