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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that Gareth Barry can leave the club this summer – with Everton and Arsenal tracking the midfielder.

Roberto Martinez has asked City about a loan deal for Barry, who is surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium this season.

But Martinez knows Everton will need City’s help to subsidise Barry’s £100,000 a week wages if he is to secure a move to Goodison Park.

Arsenal are also interested in the 32-year-old however, with Arsene Wenger weighing up the former Aston Villa star as cover for his midfield.

Pellegrini is happy to allow Barry to leave, if that is what the England international wants.

“In the position of Gareth we have also [Jack] Rodwell, [Javi] Garcia, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure,” said Pellegrini.

“I spoke with Gareth. He wants to stay here and he does not have any problems staying here to fight for his position like any other player in the squad.

“If he wants to go because he has better options, it depends on what he wants to do.”

Barry was left out of City’s squad during their 4-0 home win over Newcastle.

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