James Milner is set to reject a stunning £165,000-a-week contract with Manchester City in favour of a move to Arsenal.
That is the claim of the Daily Star's chief sports writer Jeremy Cross, who has carved out a reputation for having excellent sources in the north.
Milner is out of contract at the end of the season and has been talking to Manchester City over an extension for a number of months.
However, the 29-year-old is worried that his position in the squad will evaporate soon after he agrees the four-year deal.
Should Manuel Pellegrini get sacked and the new manager not take too kindly to his style of play, Milner faces his peak years sitting on the bench at the Etihad.
That has left him searching for alternative options and Liverpool and Arsenal are keen to offer him more security than is on offer with the Citizens.
They won't be able to officially talk to the England international until his contract expires in June, but it is thought he is leaning towards the Emirates.
Arsenal have Champions League football on offer and can also afford to pay him over £100,000-a-week.
Cech arriving, too?
Arsenal fans could be in for an exciting summer if Milner is followed by Chelsea star Petr Cech. The goalkeeper is set to leave Stamford Bridge and has been tipped to replace David Ospina between the Emirates goalposts.
And Jose Mourinho has given the Gunners a huge boost after confirming he will have no say who Chelsea sell him too. It is believed Roman Abramovich will allow him to join whoever he wants as a show of thanks for his 11-years of service.
“If it’s in my hands, he would never go. He would never go to big clubs and fantastic teams, big candidates who want to win the Premier League," Mourinho told reporters.
"I would never let him go, but it’s not in my hands.”
One player who could potential leave Arsenal this summer is Theo Walcott. The England international is out of contract in 2016 and has yet to make significant progress with regards to an extension.
However, Arsene Wenger has told Walcott that talks will get going after Arsenal's FA Cup final tie against Aston Villa on May 30.
The Times say there is still a willingness from both parties to agree a deal.
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