Barry Signs for Manchester City

June 2, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box 

garethbarryreeddiekeogh1 Manchester City have completed a surprise £12m transfer swoop for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.

The 28-year-old England player has signed a five-year contract at Eastlands having completed a medical earlier on Tuesday.

Barry, who was a target for Liverpool last summer, leaves Villa Park after making more than 400 appearances for the club in 12 years

Barry’s contract at Villa was due to expire next summer and although Villa offered him a new deal, he has opted to make the move to ambitious City.
He’s a solid enough signing, very much a Mark Hughes signing, but I wonder if he’s the sort of signing who will really help City move closer to the Big Four – he could form the left half of a neat midfield partnership with Stephen Ireland. Still, I see Barry as a superior journeyman, and as such £12m (and just one year left on his Villa contract) represents good business for Villa. It represents better business for Barry though, who must have boosted his wage packet

The 28-year-old becomes City’s first signing of the summer and his arrival is a major boost for City boss Mark Hughes as he looks to build a side capable of breaking into the top four

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