Manchester City have identified Everton’s Ross Barkley as a potential replacement for wantaway midfielder Yaya Toure, according to MailOnline.
Toure claims that he is feeling unwanted by City and his agent is due to have talks with the Etihad hierarchy about the Irovian’s City future.
And Manuel Pellegrini has already lined up Ross Barkley as the perfect replacement should Toure end up heading for the exit door.
The 31-year-old is a target for Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain but would cost a significant fee, possibly nearing the £100m mark.
However, with Toure tied in to a four-year contract, City are confident that Toure’s issues can be resolved, although there is still a worry that the problem could return to the surface if he is serious about a move away from the Premier League champions.
Everton, on the other hand, are not under any pressure to sell this summer and are expected to command around £50m for the 20-year-old Barkley should City come calling.
But Toffees boss Roberto Martinez sees Barkley as a hugely important member of his first team and has him at the centre of his plans going forward, which could convince the England international to stay at Goodison Park.