Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith has revealed that he expects his former club Arsenal to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner.
As reported by the Independent, Smith revealed that he's heard the Gunners will snap up the 29-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.
Milner, of course, is set to run out of contract at the Etihad at the end of the season and has been the subject of great interest of late.
In fact, the same report claims that Arsenal's Premier League rivals Liverpool were seemingly leading the race for the player's signature, but it appears that Brendan Rodgers and Co. may now miss out on the England international.
As well as the English duo, the Independent go on to reveal that Italian outfit Inter Milan are in the market for the versatile midfielder, but it appears that Arsenal are in the driving seat to land him, especially if Smith is to be believed.
At the end of the day, with the player set to be available for nothing, it's not entirely surprising that some of the Premier League's big-boys are looking into signing him sooner rather than later.
Milner, of course, has enjoyed an incredible stint in England's elite division, having played a key role in Manchester City's success over the course of the last few years.
It's been suggested, however, as the Independent go on to report, that Milner is looking for a four-year deal as he goes about leaving the Etihad behind, so it remains to be seen as to whether the Arsenal hierarchy hand him such a long term contract.
For Arsenal, then, Milner would no doubt prove an excellent coup for the club, who appear to be determined to win the Premier League title next term.
The midfielder, who can play in the middle of the park, out wide or even behind the striker, would give Wenger a number of options and would add a great deal of experience to his side.
Ultimately, a four year deal may well prove a slight risk, but is surely worth it for a proven player at the highest level. Arsenal must step up their interest and complete the deal as soon as possible.
It must be noted, however, that Milner's departure would come as a major blow for Manchester City, but Manuel Pellegrini must go about freshening up his squad if the Citizens are going to challenge for the title once again next term.
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