AS Roma enter James Milner race

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AS Roma have entered the race to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner in the summer with his contract expiring at the Etihad Stadium, according to the Metro.

The Englishman will become a free agent in July if a contract isn't accepted between the two parties, meaning he will leave the club and can sign for a new side over the summer, but interest in him is high with two Premier League side also keen.

Contract offers

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been monitoring Milner's contract situation at City and are both keen on offering him contracts before the end of the season.

However, due to Roma being overseas, they can officially offer the midfielder a contract now, which could be signed and agreed by Milner ahead of the new season.

The Bosman Rule makes it easier for Rudi Garcia's men to sign Milner than what it is for English teams to sign him, so if they were interested, they could put an offer on the table now for the 29-year-old.

Lack of opportunities

Milner has been keen to leave City for sometime now after failing to cement a first-team spot under both Roberto Mancini and now Manuel Pellegrini, and despite getting more game-time in recent months, the midfielder is still planning on leaving the club.

Contract talks have been off the table since the new year so it's believed around the club that the midfielder will be on his way once his current deal expires in a few months time.

Gerrard replacement

According to some reports in England, Liverpool are favourites to sign Milner as they see him as a perfect replacement for outgoing Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard has already announced his plans to leave the club and will join MLS side LA Galaxy in the Summer, and Brendan Rodgers thinks Milner could be an ideal replacement for the long-serving captain.

It's believed Liverpool have asked Milner whether he'd be prepared to lower his wage demands before completing a potential move to Anfield, with officials from the club prepared to offer £90k-a-week rather than his current £120k.

Roma trip

However, Roma are now considering making a swoop for the versatile star, who can play across the midfield and even at right or left back, and it's believed their sporting director may fly over to England in order to watch him play.

Walter Sabatini is planning a trip over to Manchester in order to watch the midfielder play and also in an attempt to lure him to Italy with a lucrative deal.

As it stands though, Milner will become a free-agent in the summer and it looks like it could be a three-horse race to seal a deal for the England international.

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