Arsenal could sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner when the transfer window re-opens in January, with the England international currently stalling over signing a new contract with the reigning Premier League champions.
This is according to the Daily Star, who understand that City would be prepared to accept an offer of £5 million, even though they value the hard-working midfielder closer to £15 million.
City could be forced to sell
City are prepared to sell in January out of fear of losing the player for nothing next summer, when his contract expires.
But as well as Arsenal, it’s believed that Everton and Liverpool would also be keen to sign the 28-year-old, who has won two Premier League titles since arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Aston Villa in 2011.
Milner: Model professional
Milner, who has earned 50 England caps during his career and won the prestigious PFA Young Player of the Year award during the 2009-10 campaign, is widely regarded as a model professional.
That he is a home-grown player means City, should Milner leave the club in January, would attempt to replace him with another English player - and have reportedly lined up Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriquez as potential targets.
City are also concerned that goalkeeper Joe Hart may refuse City’s offer of a new five-year contract.
The 27-year-old, City believe, is waiting to see whether manager Manuel Pellegrini sticks with him as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper or opts for summer signing Willy Caballero instead.