Manchester City have made the young Everton star Ross Barkley their main target in the January transfer window and are reportedly readying a £30 million bid. Barkley is also a target for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool with Everton wanting £50 million for Barkley, according to the Daily Star.
When looking at the form of the young England international it is easy to see why he is being tempted away from Goodison Park. A move to Liverpool would appear less likely due to the proximity of both clubs but the fact that game time would be much more limited at Manchester City could also be a factor in Barkley’s decision should he leave.
The 20-year-old played 34 games for Roberto Martinez’s side last season, scoring six goals. His strength on the ball and his ability to take players on as well as pass superbly makes it hard to believe that Barkley is just 20-years-old. Although he has been injured for the beginning of this season he is still hot property amongst the Premier League’s elite.
Everton have proved this season they are capable of holding onto some of their bigger names with the signings of Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry on permanent deals. To hold onto the 20-year-old may be a bridge too far though come January.
It would be difficult to see Barkley aiming for a starting place week in week out with City considering his main competition would be David Silva who is currently a superior player.
The England international would probably be more suited to Liverpool but if the Goodison hierarchy would be willing to sell to their closest rivals is debatable.
There is a lot going to happen between now and January so Liverpool and City’s targets could still yet change. At this point in his career it may be wisest for Barkley to be at whichever club he feels is where he will get the most game time. At the moment that is definitely Everton but if he wants a new challenge Liverpool is the club where he is more likely to find a starting place regularly.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.