James Milner heads for the Villa exit
James Milner is set to leave Aston Villa and the situation will be resolved “very soon”, according to Martin O’Neill.
There has been much debate over whether Villa would be able to hang on to their star midfielder, but now the manager has revealed a deal is imminent.
O’Neill said: “I had a conversation with James before the World Cup and he intimated that he’d like to go.
“I’d imagine things will be resolved in the foreseeable future.”
He added that, as has been widely reported, Manchester City have already made a bid for the player, but that it did not meet their valuation of Milner.
Given that Milner looks to be on his way out, and no one is likely to match City in a bidding war, the only thing that remains to be seen is just how big a transfer fee he will command.
The rejected bid was for £20 million and it seems likely that City will have to increase this in order to get their man.
O’Neill will then be faced with the unenviable task of securing a replacement for a man who was a key part of the Villa side for last season.
Whether he’s able to do this will no doubt have a massive impact on the club’s chances of securing that much coveted Champions League spot.
For Milner, the move will no doubt be securing him a sizeable chuck of cash, but it could also allow him to move his career to the next level. Manchester City have a chance of upsetting the premier league title odds according to some, after all.
It won’t be an easy ride though, and if things go wrong he could find himself warming the bench with little prospect of finding himself a new club because of his massive wage packet.
However, if Roberto Mancini is able to get City firing on all cylinders, then Milner could assist in boosting the team’s championship title odds and even get his hands on a Premier League winners’ medal at the end of the season.