Reports have been suggesting that James Milner would prefer a move to Liverpool this summer over a switch to the Emirates (via The Guardian), but it seems there is more to the story than that.
We look to be the ones who have turned the England international down, after he demanded to be made the highest paid player at the club (via the Evening Standard).
Arsenal transfer rumours
Milner is coming to the end of his current contract with Manchester City, and is able to move on a free transfer this summer. This may look like a fantastic deal at first glance, but his monstrous wage demands make things far more complicated.
The Guardian report that Liverpool are willing to meet Milner’s demands of £150,000 per week, something we are not prepared to do. A contract of that size would make him the highest paid player at the club, eclipsing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil – who are currently on £140,000 per week (via the Daily Mail).
The versatile work-horse would be a solid acquisition, and would no doubt prove an excellent squad player. It’s hard to see how he could be guaranteed first team football though, and to make a rotation option your highest paid player is madness.
He will presumably be appreciated more at Liverpool, as they need him far more than we do. The 29-year-old could drastically improve Brendan Rodgers’ side, while he would add little more than depth to ours.