Reliable England holding player has been in the north west since 2009.
Manchester City are keen to tie experienced midfield player Gareth Barry down to a new long-term deal at the club, according to reports in the Independent.
The England international, 32, has a contract with the big-spending Premier League outfit that runs only until 30 June 2014, and so the player would be able to depart Eastlands on a free transfer next summer.
As a result, new City chief executive Ferran Soriano has earmarked as a priority opening talks with Barry in the coming weeks about a new long-term contract for the player who has been at the club for four years now, having joined City from Aston Villa for £12 million on a five-year deal in June 2009.
And in the intervening four-year period, Barry has proved himself to be a mainstay in the City midfield, featuring in 132 Premier League appearances for the club, and managing to score six goals in the process.