City will have to pay up for outstanding youngster.
Manchester City have been told that they will have to fork out a massive £60m to sign Everton youngster Ross Barkley, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Premier League champions are one of several teams to have been strongly linked with a move for the immensely talented England internationl, who is widely regarded as one of the best up-and-coming talents in this country at the moment.
The 20-year-old midfielder burst onto the scene with Everton and England last season, quickly working his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans for the senior national side and featuring for the Three Lions at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
City now hope to bring him to the Etihad Stadium in the near future, possibly as a long-term replacement for the underperforming Yaya Toure in the middle of the park, but they will have to part with considerable sums of cash to do so.
A £60m move would make Barkley the most expensive transfer in British football history, surpassing the £59.7m Manchester United paid Real Madrid for Argentine winger Angel Di Maria this summer.
It remains to be seen if the club will pay that much for a player still relatively unproven.