Everton are ready to offer Gareth Barry a route out of Manchester City but are struggling to agree a compromise on his substantial wages. Barry has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium by new manager Manuel Pellegrini after the summer recruitment of Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk. Barry was excluded from the 18-man squad for their game against Newcastle United on Monday night. The England international has one year left on his £100000-a-week contract and Roberto Martínez the Everton manager is also keen to sign the midfielder on loan but both clubs will require City to reach an agreement on continuing to fund his salary. Arsenal are also weighing up a bid to sign him as Arsène Wenger believes that the 32-year-old would represent a decent addition as cover for his midfield but Everton appear to be in the driving seat. Vincent Kompany faces up to a month on the sidelines after injuring his groin in the 4-0 victory against Newcastle. Plans to scan the damage sustained by the City captain have been put back until today with the club keen to allow the injury to settle before assessing the full extent of the problem. Pellegrini suggested after of the Newcastle game that the injury would keep Kompany out of action for up to a fortnight but there are now fears at City that the Belgian will be ruled out until after the international break next month. Kompany who was troubled by repeated calf injury problems last season has already been ruled out of the trip to Cardiff City on Sunday with the 27-year-old also expected to miss the visit of Hull City to the Etihad on Aug 31. Should Kompany miss the Hull game as anticipated the centre-half could then find himself at the centre of a club-versus-country battle if he chooses to join the Belgium squad ahead of their potentially decisive World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow on Sept 6. Kompany was criticised by former City manager Roberto Mancini last season after playing in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in March despite being sidelined for almost two months with a calf injury. With Belgium able to secure qualification for Brazil 2014 should they defeat Scotland and benefit from favourable results elsewhere in Group A Kompany’s fitness will be scrutinised before any decision is made on his ability to participate. But with City due to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sept 14 it is expected that Kompany will be fit to return to action before the clash with Manchester United at the Etihad eight days later. Pellegrini remains determined to add defensive reinforcements to his squad ahead of the transfer deadline with Real Madrid defender Pepe and Atletico Madrid’s Martin Demichelis identified as targets. However Matija Nastasic is expected to ease City’s defensive worries by returning to action alongside Joleon Lescott at Cardiff. Meanwhile Scott Sinclair is set to leave the club in the next few days with West Bromwich Albion hopeful of putting the finishing touches to a season’s loan that will result in a permanent £4million move next summer.
Everton eager to recruit Gareth Barry from Manchester City
The Telegraph | Aug 21