But, for the moment, no serious move for Barkley has been made by City.
The Daily Mail says Everton have no plans to sell Barkley. After last season's step forward, it would be a huge fall backwards to sell the 20-year-old.
The statement it sends out would undermine what the club is striving to achieve.
They know they could command £50million plus but Barkley is pivotal to the plans of Roberto Martinez. If those plans come to fruition that should convince Barkley his immediate future is at Goodison.
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