The Manchester Evening News says City are mulling over a move for Everton star Barkley as they plan for life without Yaya Toure.
The club has no intention of selling Yaya this summer, but at the age of 31, they need to plan for the future now.
City have already put out feelers about 20-year-old England ace Barkley, but Everton quoted an outrageous price.
With a transfer spending cap of £49million imposed by UEFA as part of their punishment for breaching financial fair play rules, City cannot afford to buy the Scouser unless they raise funds through player sales.
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