Manchester City contract rebel James Milner has emerged as a leading transfer target for a host of Serie A clubs, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The England international’s contract expires at the end of the year, but despite City’s eagerness to tie him down he may snub their interest for a new challenge in Serie A. Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool are also monitoring ongoings, and could attempt to land him in time for the start of next season.
In a team consisting of the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva it speaks volumes of his commitment to the cause and natural ability that he still forces a way into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting 11.
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Despite never being one for the finer aspects of the game, he has been City’s driving force in recent months having scored big goals against Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City since the turn of the year.
He was wanted by Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United prior to moving to their fierce rivals instead in the summer of 2010, and immediately made his mark by helping his new employers to FA Cup glory the following year.
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Since then he has also played a major role in delivering two Premier League titles in the space of three years, but could now leave with the club unwilling to meet his demands for regular playing time at such an important stage of his career.
If Milner does opt to leave City then he may look for a reunion with current Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini.
The Italian is keen to restore the San Siro outfit to the dizzying heights of old, and strengthened the club in the winter transfer window by bringing in the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Lukas Podolski and Davide Santon.
Roma are also keen to bring another ex-Premier League player to the capital having previously swooped for Gervinho and Ashley Cole in recent years.
However Rudi Garcia’s men have suffered a serious slump in form since the turn of the year, and are now in danger of missing out on Champions League football with Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina all hot on their heels.
The 29-year-old has also held talks with Filippo Inzaghi’s AC Milan, but the Rossoneri could jeopardise their chances of earning his signature if they continue to fall down the league table.
Milner may yet ultimately pen a contract extension, but if he does not he will not be short of possible suitors if he does opt to leave the Etihad Stadium.
He would be a huge signing for any Serie A side and could have a bright career if he joins Cole in leaving for Italy’s top flight.