Barton On The Move?
Reports coming from Sky Sports are suggesting that contract talks between the club and Joey Barton have broken down to such an extent that the midfielder has handed in a transfer request.
If true, this adds credibility to reports earlier this month that suggested Barton was holding out for wages in the region of £30k per week.
Now I'm a fan of Barton as a footballer but I'm afraid he has a rather inflated opinion of himself. He is not in the same class as a Gerrard or Lampard and as such cannot expect to make excessive demands of a club that has done nothing but support him through his well publicised troubles.
In my opinion City should call his bluff, accept his request and hold out for a fee that matches his demands and inflated opinion of himself. Is anyone likely to bid in the region of £10 million?