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

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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