This long time Benitez target just announced to his Newcastle United boss that he wants out, so could Liverpool sneak in and sign him up? And, more importantly, should they?
“Newcastle United can confirm that it has received a written transfer request from James Milner,” read a club statement. “The club is very disappointed that James sees his footballing future as being away from St James’ Park. He is a valued member of the squad and it is only a year ago that he signed an improved long-term contract.
“We have yet to receive an offer for James that has matched our valuation of him. However, should such an offer be received then the club would be reluctantly forced to consider it, given James’ apparent desire to leave.”
They may not have to wait long. Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill was on hand at the Ricoh Arena last night to watch Newcastle’s Carling Cup clash with Coventry, and his long-standing interest in Milner, who has also been linked with Liverpool, will have been encouraged by a commanding display from the winger. (Guardian)
With Liverpool set to snare Albert Riera, maybe it would make more sense for Benitez to hold off on the purchase of the Spaniard and move his attention to the former Leeds man. Milner is a quality player who is yet to really fulfill his potential and, at a team of the stature of the Merseyside outfit, he could well thrive. He is generally thought to be available for a fee in the £7m bracket, which would make him a bona fide bargain! What do Liverpool fans think, should their Spanish manager consider making a move to beat Aston Villa to the 22-year-old?