Liverpool are odds-on favourites to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner in the summer transfer window.
The England international midfielder has already made two cameo appearances off the bench for his club this season - in the FA Community Shield and the Premier League - and it’s a sign of what is likely to come for the 28-year-old if he doesn’t move before deadline day on September 1st.
No new contract
Sky Bet have reacted after the start of the season, and to the fact that Milner has not signed a contract offer in the region of £80,000-a-week, by making him 10/11 to join Liverpool in the next 12 days.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move this summer, although the player’s wages are a concern to interested parties.
That hasn’t stopped the bookies slashing the odds on Liverpool making the move, just two months after one of their rivals were made favourites to sign the player.
Arsenal were a best-priced 2/1 to sign the player back in June, but they’ve drifted out to 7/1 fourth-favourite behind the Reds, Aston Villa (5/2) - one of Milner’s former clubs - and Sunderland (6/1).
Indeed, paper reports at the start of the transfer window claimed Arsene Wenger was eager to make Milner a summer signing as a potential replacement for James Milner, who left the Gunners at the end of his contract and subsequently joined Manchester City on a free transfer.
Interest in a move to the Emirates Stadium appears to have cooled however, and Wenger has already completed significant business with the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, David Ospina and, most-importantly, Mathieu Debuchy in the position.
Liverpool have also concluded significant business, with Rodgers spending big to bring Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno and Rickie Lambert to Anfield.
More Liverpool signings?
However, recent comments suggest that all business might not be done at Merseyside just yet, and the manager may still look to make more signings in the final stages of the window.
With a Champions League challenge to contend with alongside domestic commitments, Liverpool do need greater depth this season after their Premier League title challenge fell short last time out, and Milner would certainly offer that along with versatility to play in a number of positions.
His ‘Mr Boring’ persona won’t make him a fans’ favourite when it comes to transfer targets, but the stats show that Milner has featured in over 25 league games in each of his four seasons with Manchester City, winning two titles in the process.
That's the kind of experience that could help Rodgers when it really matters at Anfield this season, and the bookmakers clearly believe a move is a genuine possibility in the coming days.