Liverpool target James Milner is “a long way off reaching an agreement” over a new contract with Manchester City, according to the Guardian today.
James Milner is believed to want regular first-team football – something Manchester City are unable to offer him, competing with the likes of David Silva, Yaya Touré and Samir Nasri.
Due to injuries for the above three mentions midfielders, as well as their strikers earlier this month, Milner has managed to appear in 19 Premier League fixtures for the Citizens this season, although only 11 of these as starts.
When the squad is fully fit, Milner knows he is not a mandatory pick in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
With Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is in a position to be able to offer the England international regular first team football at Anfield.
With less than six months remaining on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool will be able to sign Milner for no transfer fee is City are unable to thrash out a new deal for their midfielder.
Manchester City splashed £26 million for Milner back in 2010 – he has gone on to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield over the past four-and-a-half years in Manchester.
Arsenal have also been linked with the England international, but Arsène Wenger would be unable to guarantee him regular first-team football any more so than Manchester City due to the amount of talent currently on the books at the Emirates.