Report: What Arsenal have to do to sign James Milner

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Arsene Wenger is said to be interested in the Manchester City star, but he isn't the only one.

Arsenal will have to offer Manchester City midfielder James Milner a whopping four-year deal in order to ensure the England man snubs other suitors and instead signs on at the Emirates, according to a report in the London Evening Standard yesterday.

Milner has won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup since joining City in 2011, but has had to spend much of his time rotated out of the side in favour of the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva.

The former Aston Villa star has as of yet failed to extend his contract at the Etihad, and has just a few months before he can leave for nothing.

Arsenal have long been touted as admirers, but Arsene Wenger may have to offer a bumper contract in order to get his man - something that may be at odds with his usual approach when it comes to players in or around their 30s.

The Standard says that Gunners boss Wenger prefers Southampton's impressive central midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, but the potential to bring in Milner on a free makes him an attractive alternative, especially from a economical perspective.

The website also states that several top European teams are tracking the 29-year-old, with Arsenal having to battle Liverpool, Valencia and Inter Milan for the versatile star.

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