Gareth Barry has become the latest target for Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with a whole host of defensive midfielders and Barry is the latest name on the list.
The midfielder’s contract expires next summer and would be available for a cut-price deal of under £4 million, a deal that interests Arsene Wenger according to reports. His current salary of £100,000-a-week would be severely slashed but the offer of a two-year contract for the 32 year old could be enough to tempt him to move to the Emirates.
The Gunners had a reported £19 million offer rejected for Bayer Leverkusen star Lars Bender last week and have shown interest in Barry as a result, however, it is believed that Barry’s role at Arsenal would be as a squad player rather than a regular starter meaning a second move for Bender or new deals for Marouane Fellaini or Ilkay Gundogan would still be possible regardless of where Gareth Barry ends up.
Barry was a transfer target for the Gunners a few years ago when they were looking for a replacement for Mathieu Flamini, who left for AC Milan on a free transfer but were unsuccessful in luring him that summer before a multi-million move to Manchester City was completed a year later.
The former Aston Villa captain has struggled to break in to the Manchester City team ahead of Yaya Toure and Javi Garcia and will be resigned to another frustrating year at the Etihad with the arrival of Fernandinho. He has also fallen out of favour at international level with exciting young players such as Tom Cleverley, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting the chance to establish themselves, however a move to Arsenal could give him one last chance with England ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil next summer.