The summer transfer window may be just a distant memory, but with the season well underway managers have already started their preparations for January…
City are stalling on handing England midfielder, James Milner, a new contract, giving Arsenal more hope of capturing him this January according to Mirror.
Milner runs out of contract at the Etihad at the end of the season and City have not been very eager to open talk on a new deal, even if Pellegrini has always said he remains convinced of his value to them.
In the absence of recognized strikers, Milner has been used as the most advanced player but it reasonable to believe that with Aguero and Dzeko back, and Silva, Nasri and Navas in top gear, the 28-year old may have good reason to be eager for City to make their minds up on time with the January window in sight.
Wenger is understood to be interested in the former Aston Villa man as his experience and versatility will make him very useful as he tries to make his midfield systems more flexible. With many players of very similar styles, Milner could bring some variety into the Arsenal engine room while his double Premier League medals will make him someone to be looked up to by some of the lads, especially those with whom he meets on a regular basis in Roy Hodgson’s dressing room.
A defensive midfielder remains the core need of the club and Milner is not exactly that. However, his versatility has seen him even used at right back by England manager, Roy Hodgson, and with the right system, he may not have to always seat as deeply as we suppose a defensive midfield player should. He has been very vital for City this season, providing a tough look to a side that gains more praise for the technical aspects of the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva.
The Wortley-born player had, earlier in the season, lamented his lack of chances in the City team:
“I understand I won’t play in every game. I just want a fair crack of the whip, a few more games than I got last year. You have to perform as well, and that is never easy when you are in and out of the team. I want to play as well as I can, and the more you play, the more you can show what you can do”. Milner had said.
Rather than let him leave on a free, City may be willing to receive a January salvage fee from the £24 million paid to Aston Villa for his services back in 2010.
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