The summer is more than a month away, but the transfer fever has already began and today we are being linked with a Premier League midfielder so let’s going.
Arsenal are reportedly front runners to sign unhappy Manchester City play-maker James Milner ahead of Liverpool, if reports in the Independent are to be believed.
The Englishman is out of contract at City at the end of the season and is highly unlikely to sign a contract extension with the Citizens. The 29 year old has struggled for playing time this season and is looking for assurances with regards to playing time and position when he makes the move.
The report states that the midfielder has decided to join the Gunners once his contract expires in the summer ahead of Liverpool, who have also expressed their desire in the veteran. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been a huge of Milner since his Villa days and the French boss was interested in him in 2010 before his £26 million move to the city of Manchester.
However, we couldn’t match City’s financial power then, but with the player being available on free it’s highly likely that Wenger would want to have him on his team. The versatile play-maker is likely to demand somewhere around £130,000-a-week which is very close to what Ozil and Sanchez earn at Arsenal, but with no transfer fee involved, it won’t be a surprise if we decide to pay those dollars.
He is immensely experienced in the Premier League having played in the top flight since 2004 and will bring a lot of that experience to the Gunners, if we sign him. He isn’t a super star by any means but keeping that aside he is a versatile player who will give his everything to the team when on the pitch.
However on the flip side, we already have a wealth of talent in the midfield with Ozil, Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere and Rosicky fighting for those three midfield slots and might not actually need any more play-makers in the summer except may be for a defensive midfielder.
But when you have a player with so much experience and talent available for free, it doesn’t make much sense to miss out on him and it is always good to have a player of that caliber and experience on the bench.
Should we sign Milner?