Liverpool have established themselves as the leading contenders to sign James Milner, it has been reported, with the midfielder having decided to pursue a move away from Manchester City in the summer.
The Sunday People have the inside track on the story and carry a report that claims Milner appears set to join Liverpool having rejected the offer of a new contract from last season’s champions.
It is claimed to be ‘almost certain’ that Milner will become a Liverpool player following the expiration of his current deal with the 29-year-old to be recruited to plug a gap that will appear as a result of Steven Gerrard’s departure.
Milner will reportedly be in line to earn £125,000-per-week at Anfield which perhaps is an indication of just how important Brendan Rodgers considers the England international to be in Liverpool’s future plans.
Liverpool are not the only Premier League club to have been credited with an interest in Milner, with links to Arsenal dating back to last summer. Arsene Wenger has long been in the market for another midfielder and it will be interesting to see if the Arsenal manager allows Liverpool a free run at the player.
Milner and Liverpool, however, would seem to be an ideal fit and Rodgers is a manager capable of exacting the best from him. Long has Milner been frustrated at the lack of opportunities in the middle of the park at the Etihad Stadium, but at Liverpool he would assume a central role of greater responsibility.
While Liverpool would seem unlikely to offer Champions League football - as will seemingly be available at Arsenal and City - Milner may be willing to forgo this in order to join a club where he will be fully appreciated.
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