The Mirror says City are weighing up a Â£25million move for Evertonâ€™s England ace Ross Barkley using Jack Rodwell as bait.
The champions are interested in attacking midfielder Barkley, 20, who excelled last season.
Barkley proved his pedigree while with Englandâ€™s World Cup squad, and started the final match of their group against Costa Rica.
City are aware they need to build up the number of â€˜home grownâ€™ players after a summer clear-out that will see Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and, possibly, James Milner leave.
Cityâ€™s unsettled former Everton midfielder Rodwell, 23, is keen to return to Goodison Park after becoming frustrated by a lack of first team opportunities, and that is something Barkley would need to consider.
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