England man could join on loan – if City will pay some of his wages
Everton are still hopeful of signing Gareth Barry on a season-long loan – but only if they can reach a compromise over his massive wages.
The England international midfielder pockets a staggering £125,000-a-week at Manchester City, where he is currently deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Roberto Martinez believes Barry could bring added quality to his central midfield options, but it is understood the Blues would not entertain a move which would cost £6m over the course of the campaign for a 32-year-old.
City would prefer to sell Barry in a permanent deal, but if no offers materialise for the former Aston Villa man, who faces limited first team action at the Etihad Stadium following the arrival of £30m Brazilian Fernandinho, they are open to loaning him to Goodison.
Then the issue would be whether Pellegrini’s side are willing to subsidise some of Barry’s wages for the rest of the season.
Martinez has stressed that he only wants to add experienced characters to key areas of his squad, and the Catalan sees Barry in that mould.