Cape Town - Ross Barkley is being lined up for a move to Manchester City as the English champions look to strengthen their side in a bid for domestic and continental glory.
According to the Guardian, English international Ross Barkley is wanted by Manchester City.
City want Barkley for two reasons, to increase the number of homegrown players in their squad and to eventually succeed Yaya Toure.
Toure is now 31-years-old and at the peak of his powers while Barkley is 11 years his junior, many believe the Everton star could be the one to take over from Toure in the near future.
Barkley will be wary of following Adam Johnson, Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair in making the move to City. All three failed to force their way into a strong albeit mostly foreign starting eleven.
City reportedly value Barkley at £30 million while Everton want £50 million for Barkley.
City coach Manuel Pellegrini believes Ross Barkley will not only strengthen his side but also assist in the team's push for Champions League glory. Reports in England suggest that Pellegrini has instructed the club's hierarchy to bring the player to Eastlands - whatever the cost.