Gareth Barry is holding talks with Manchester City
Apparently Champions League football is no longer a necessity
Aston Villa have taken the unusual step of confirming in a one-line story on their website that they have given captain Gareth Barry permission to speak with Manchester City.
A move would represent a big change in outlook for the England international, who said last summer:
“I’m desperate to play Champions League football and that’s why I have to leave Villa.”
Considering Manchester City failed to qualify for even the Europa League, it makes little sense for Barry to leave a top-four chasing club where he is one of the first names on the teamsheet for another who finished tenth last season and already have plenty of midfield quality.
The Spoiler would therefore suggest that Barry is either a) motivated more by money than the desire to play in the Champions League ahead of the World Cup next summer or b) trying to force Arsenal or Liverpool to act.
Let us know whether you think Barry should move to Eastlands – or if he’ll even fit in there – with a comment below.