The 30 year-old has featured rather consistently for the Citizens so far this season, however with competition already high at the club, places are expected to become a lot harder to come by if transfer speculation proves true.
Roberto Mancini’s side have been linked with numerous world-class playmakers over recent months with Daniele de Rossi, Wesley Sneijder and Christian Eriksen just some of the names being rumoured to be on their way to the Etihad Stadium.
If another big name central partner were to come to the Blues, it would add to a midfield roster that already boasts the star-studded cast of David Silva, James Milner, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Nigel de Jong.
Barry’s age means that if a name were to evacuate the side, his would have to be one of the first mentioned given his small resale value.
It’s common knowledge that the Reds missed out on the former Aston Villa star in the summer of 2009 due to what is thought to be discrepancies over wages.
Liverpool talisman Lucas was ruled out for the remainder of the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament against Chelsea earlier in the month.
As is natural, the Merseysiders have been associated with a number of replacements as the side look to return to the heights of the Champions League.
Club captain Steven Gerrard is another midfielder the football community have come to expect on the injury list and the Manchester City middleman would be expected to play in similar roles to both players should a January move come to fruition.
Although his age makes him an unattractive proposition for the future, Barry has shown his ability to perform well at the top level this campaign and could be a suitable midfield supplement at an expected asking price of £7m.