James Milner linked with AS Roma

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AS Roma have made an enquiry regarding the availability of Manchester City midfielder James Milner, according to reports.

The England international is tipped to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, despite him putting in some fine performances this season for both club and country.

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The former-Aston Villa star has been limited to just four Premier League appearances under Manuel Pellegrini this season due to the severity of competition in the squad, and with his contract set to expire in the summer, a move could be on the cards for the 28-year-old.

Midfield Competition

Despite spending nearly £30million on Milner back in 2010, City have seen the midfielder as more of a fringe player rather than a first-team regular, and although he's been at the club for four years now, he has only made 117 appearances, scoring eight goals in that time.

With the likes of; Yaya Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Frank Lampard and Jesus Navas, all fighting for midfield spots at the Etihad Stadium, Milner has dropped down in the pecking order and may choose to leave once his contract expires.

Bosman Rule

Due to the Bosman Ruling, Roma are officially allowed to contact Milner as soon as January, and can even offer him a contract which if accepted, would see him move to the club as soon as his contract expires at City for nothing.

As Roma are an overseas club, they can hold talks with Milner in the New Year and are allowed to discuss a potential contract with the Englishman.

Brief Talks Held

According to reports, after the two sides met in the Champions League at the Etihad, officials from Roma held brief discussions with officials from City regarding the availability of Milner and whether a deal could be agreed.

Although they could sign him on a free in the summer, Roma are keen to strike a deal which could see him move in January, but initial thoughts are that City want to keep hold of the Englishman until the end of the season at least.

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