Manchester City midfielder James Milner is ‘seriously considering’ moving to us this summer after stalling on a new contract worth £165,000 a week, The Guardian reports.
Milner will become a free agent next month and his worth to Manchester City goes beyond his industrious abilities on the pitch. The club is struggling to meet the homegrown quota prominent in every Premier League squad and are keen to add British talent to their squad next season (via Sky Sports).
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Therefore, Milner’s potential departure would impact heavily on Manuel Pellegrini’s summer transfer plans; not to mention that he’d potentially be losing a crucial player to a direct rival.
From our point of view however, a move for Milner doesn’t seem to make sense. The large English core present in our squad means there isn’t an immediate danger of falling short regarding the eight homegrown players named in every Premier League squad.
It also remains doubtful whether or not the former Aston Villa man would walk into our first XI considering the number of midfield options we have in the squad.
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Players capable of strengthening our first team are required during the close-season, rather than more squad options which is exactly what Milner would represent.
A specialist holding midfielder should be top of Wenger’s shopping, not a 30-year-old still finding out what his best position is.