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Barry will be the bargain of the summer at 12m, insists City manager Hughes
Published : 12 Jun 2009 10:25:20
Mark Hughes is confident Gareth Barry will prove to be a snip at £12million. Hughes' made a surprise swoop for the midfielder last week, adding Barry's name to a growing list of impressive signings funded by the Abu Dhabi United Group since their takeover of Manchester City last summer. As a regular member of Fabio Capello's England side, Barry is a 12-season veteran at Aston Villa, where his impact was recognised with the captain's armband. Richard Dunne is not about to lose that honour providing he remains at Eastlands. However, Hughes does feel a fresh environment will bring a greater aura to Barry's game. And he believes the 28-year-old will provide excellent value for money, even though he only had a year of his contract still to run. 'We have got a bargain because Gareth is coming into the best years of his career,' said Hughes. 'He is now a senior player but I only became a stronger person when I moved somewhere else. 'His standing in the game will raise as a result of us paying a significant amount of money for him.' Hughes confirmed he sees Barry's leadership qualities and passing abilities as being best utilised in central midfield, the role he fulfils for England. With Nigel de Jong and Vincent Kompany also excelling in that area of the field, it gives a clear indication to Hughes thinking as he looks to build a stronger unit, capable of withstanding Premier League combat. Other targets, particularly Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz continue to be mentioned, although Hughes is shedding little light on their current progress. 'We are not going to go into speculation and hypothetical situations. It is not something worth discussing,' he said. 'When good players come onto the market you have to look at each situation and decide whether it is right for you at that moment in time. 'There are a lot of players who would like to be part of what we are doing. We do our homework and due diligence and then make a decision on whether a player can be a Manchester City player. If so, we try to acquire them. 'But we will not specify certain individuals whether people want us to or not.'