Reports: James Milner set for Liverpool switch
Manchester City midfielder James Milner, who will soon be a free agent at the end of this season is courting interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool, according to reports. The midfielder who started 27 games for the Citizens, including six of their Champions League games and all games against top four opponents, is said to be still not convinced about his role at the club.
Manchester City are said to be ready to offer a new contract which will have put forth a four-year deal on the table with a basic salary of £135,000-a-week that can rise to £165,000 with incentives, to keep the blue-collar midfielder at Eastlands. However, money doesn’t seem to be the biggest thing on Milner’s mind with the England international set to sign probably the biggest contract of his career, and would dearly love to see more time on the pitch as a result of that contract.
Milner’s possible destination
The former teenage star at Leeds might be tempted to a move to Merseyside if Brendan Rodgers can give him assurance of playing time and preferred playing position.
Milner joined City in 2010 in a deal believed to be worth £28.5 million, including a player exchange of Stephen Ireland, valued at £8 million. In his five season at the club, the 29-year old ex-Newcastle man has helped the side to two Premier League titles. He is believed by many to be an unsung hero behind many of City’s success in recent times.
Many reports in the recent past have also linked the midfielder with a move to Arsenal; keeping in mind the midfielder’s desire to keep playing in the Champions League. However, in a recent interview, Arsene Wenger refused to speak about anything regarding his interest in Milner or the lack of it.
"29 is not old," The Gunners’ boss stated. "We have a big squad at the moment and that is not in my mind at all. I make my decisions after the season. We are in front of a big game tomorrow and are focussed on that."