James Milner is eyeing up a summer switch to Arsenal and is willing to turn down an offer from Liverpool, according to the Sun.
The England international is out of contract at Manchester City in the summer and is yet to commit his future to the club, despite manager Manuel Pellegrini insisting he wants Milner to stay put.
The midfielder is reportedly seeking more regular playing time which Manchester City are unwilling to offer him, and now it seems that Arsenal can benefit from that impasse. According to the Sun, Milner would prefer to join Arsenal over Liverpool in a bid to revive his career away from the Etihad Stadium.
The news is likely to be a cause of frustration for Liverpool who have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old for some time.
The Sun also report that Arsenal's new position as favourites in the race to land Milner casts more doubts over the future of Jack Wilshere. The 23-year-old has struggled with injury once more this season and has been linked with a move to Manchester City, although Arsene Wenger has publicly insisted that he's not for sale.
The paper adds that Arsenal are willing to offer Milner a £130,000-per-week contract in order to beat Liverpool to the punch.
Milner joined Manchester City from Aston Villa back in 2010 for a reported fee of £26 million and has made 142 Premier League appearances for the Citizens. He started in his side's recent 4-2 derby defeat against Manchester United which leaves them in danger of falling out of the top four altogether.
The Citizens are four points ahead of Liverpool in fifth place with six games of the season remaining, amidst reports that Pellegrini is in danger of losing his job. Borussia Dortmund have called a press conference today amidst claims that boss Jurgen Klopp is set to announce his departure. The German boss has been linked with the hot seat at the Etihad Stadium for some time now.
James Milner showed against Manchester United that not only is he a good player but a hard worker as well, in a team which has all but given up the ghost.
The only problem in any deal is his age. At 29 he's no spring chicken, and although it would be a free transfer the fact his arrival could have an impact on Wilshere means it is a risky one.
Arsenal have certainly added some steal to their team in recent seasons and Milner is the perfect player and character in the dressing room to elevate them from pretenders to contenders.