Manchester City Keen To Sign £50m Starlet As Manuel Pellegrini Eyes Injection Of Youth

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Pellegrini ready to target expensive youngster.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has set his sights on the signing of Everton starlet Ross Barkley as a long-term replacement for Yaya Toure, according to the Manchester Evening News.

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The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young talents in English football at the moment, and his asking price could be as high as £50m despite a poor run of form of late.

Barkley first broke onto the scene last season after being brought into the first-team at Goodison Park by manager Roberto Martinez, and he earned a call-up to England’s 2014 World Cup squad later that summer.

The highly-rated midfielder is now one of two England internationals in City’s sights, with Pellegrini also keeping tabs on Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez in a possible summer move.

Still, it remains to be seen if City can afford Barkley at that price, though the club are thought to be ready to offload Stevan Jovetic in a move that could help raise funds for further spending on their squad.

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