As the summer transfer window beckons, Premier League clubs will be narrowing down the players they wish to recruit in order to bolster their squads for next season.
Work will already be underway as managers look to get deals done relatively quickly in order to have a more settled squad come the beginning of the season.
Two Premier League clubs who will be locking horns over the signature of the out of favour Manchester City player, James Milner, are Liverpool and Arsenal.
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Rumours and speculation surrounding the interest by both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers in signing the Englishman have been prevalent in the media for a while now.
Arguably, Milner would be a fantastic signing for either side. He will bring quality, a much desired work ethic and experience; these are traits which both clubs will need if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.
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Liverpool close to signing Milner
Recent reports have stated that Liverpool are close on a deal to sign the England International.
Milner has been an underrated and undervalued player for Manchester City this season having made only 18 appearances in the Premier League.
Milner was a squad player who played several different positions in the team throughout the season, demonstrating his versatility and willingness to cooperate with the manager's demands regardless if the position does not suit him.
With reports stating that Liverpool are the hot favourites to sign Milner it is fair to say that the England international should weigh up his options before making his decision.
Signing for Liverpool could be a step backwards for the former two time Premier League champion. Liverpool will not be playing in the Champions League next season and upon the evidence from this season will not be ready to mount a title challenge in 2015/16.
One positive for Milner with a move to Liverpool would be the guarantee of first team football as he has the experience and quality which could improve a poor Liverpool midfield. The loss of Steven Gerrard is also another reason why Milner could be the missing piece to the Liverpool jigsaw.
Milner must leave Man City
Jamie Carragher has come out stating that Milner could be a future captain of the Reds and with the vacancy left by Gerrard's departure it would be hard to argue against that opinion.
In terms of Arsenal's interest in Milner it would be a shrewd move by Arsene Wenger if he was to secure his signature.
Milner would add a winning mentality and has experience of winning Premier League titles which could be invaluable to the Arsenal title push in 2015/16.
The positives for Milner with a move to north London are the guarantee of Champions League football and to be part of a very promising squad that is looking to push for the Premier League title next season after their recent FA Cup victory.
The negatives for Milner could be that he may not receive a guarantee of first team football as the Arsenal midfield has large depth of quality international players.
Both clubs will be fighting to add Milner to their side however it would appear that Liverpool are in the driving seat according to recent reports.
The truth is that no matter who it is, Milner must leave Manchester City as he was undervalued. At 29, he is not getting younger and arguably could be seeing his best years at his next club.