Report: Manchester City's James Milner ready to join Liverpool this summer

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Manchester City’s James Milner has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool.

According to a report in the Mirror, Manchester City’s James Milner will reject the advances of Premier League rivals Arsenal and join Liverpool this summer.

The England international’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium is drawing to a close and with no new deal in sight, he is able to move away from the club as a free agent.

Arsenal and Liverpool are said to be the frontrunners for his signature, but reports claim his heart is set on the Reds after it became apparent first-team opportunities were more likely at Anfield.

“James Milner will quit Manchester City to join Liverpool on a free transfer. Milner is ready to choose Liverpool over Arsenal despite the Reds failure to make the Champions League,” the report states.

The 29-year-old has featured 40 times for City in all competitions this season, though the majority of those showings have come off the bench when Manuel Pellegrini is looking to shut out the opposition.

Despite often being played as a winger, Milner’s best attributes are arguably his defensive abilities and it has been mentioned by the Mirror that he wants a return to his former central midfield position.

With the upcoming departure of club legend Steven Gerrard, a gap in central midfield could open up on Merseyside and Brendan Rodgers needs to bolster his ranks.

The report goes on to say that the Reds are prepared to offer the former Aston Villa ace a contract worth around £100,000-a-week to make him one of their top earners next season.

Whether he is worth such a figure remains to be seen, but his restrictions at the Etihad are evident and there is still a very good player in there for the Anfield outfit to possibly work and benefit from.

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