Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner, subject to a medical. The club are delighted to announce they have agreed a deal to sign Milner on Thursday (4/6). The Reds have agreed personal terms with the England international, who will join the club on a free transfer on July 1 after his contract at the Etihad Stadium has expired.
Liverpool are understood to have beaten off competition from Arsenal for his signature. Milner has been a transfer target for Rodgers since last summer when he refused City’s offer of a contract extension worth up to £160,000-a-week. Milner joined City from Aston Villa in 2010 after being signed for £26m by then Blues manager Roberto Mancini. The midfielder has also played for Newcastle United and his hometown club Leeds United, making his Premier League debut aged 16 in 2002.
Milner had become frustrated with what he perceived as a peripheral role at City, although the manager Manuel Pellegrini gave him more starts in the Premier League and Champions League last season than during the 2013-14 campaign.
The England international will sign a long-term deal at Anfield after winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his five-year spell at the Etihad Stadium. He has won 53 England caps and scored eight goals for City last season. He has gone on to make 125 appearances for City scoring 18 goals. Last season he played 24 times, with seven assists as City finished second in the league. Milner has lined up against Liverpool 24 times in total during the course of his career.
The England international has agreed terms worth in the region of £150,000-a-week at Liverpool. The acquisition of Milner represents an important early step in Rodgers’ summer rebuilding plans with the manager keen to add more Premier League experience to the squad. Asthe club’s owner, wanting more experience and established Premier League players in his side, Milner can be a good answer for the quest. Milner is expected to help fill the void left by Steven Gerrard, who is leaving after 17 years at the club to move to LA Galaxy this summer.
Jamie Carragher suggested Milner could be an option to take the armband as he has the character of leadership needed by Liverpool following Gerrard’s move. Milner has actually captained England, for 10 minutes in a defeat against France five years ago, but has not spent much of his career as captain elsewhere. And maybe it will be the best time for him to be a captain for the Premier League side.