Old Trafford boss looks to outdo Eastlands neighbours with massive Milner bid.
Having watched on as Aston Villa turned down Manchester City’s advances for their England right winger Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to enter the race for the 24 year old. Manchester United are reportedly looking for alternative attacking options and the Old Trafford boss is a big admirer of the former Leeds and Newcastle United man and is ready to offer around £28m for the Villa Park man.
Ferguson has stated that he may make only one more signing this summer and has been linked with a move for Milner in the past but could now be ready to beat their local rivals to the exciting wide man who has just completed perhaps his best season thus far.
United have been linked with a number of new players including CSKA Moscow midfielder Milos Krasic, Aston Villa star James Milner, and Spurs playmaker Luca Modric.
‘In the market today it’s very, very difficult and the structure of our squad is good in terms of ages, the balance, the numbers and there’s a lot of good young players,’ said Ferguson, who was speaking in New York to promote United’s four-game tour of North America this summer.
‘Sometimes you have to trust in all the development of the last few years and I’m going to stick with that, or most of it.
‘There may be one signing and maybe we’d like to get a good player to the club, of course, but it’s not easy in the present day climate. (The Metro)
Whether Manchester United make big money signings this summer may of course have more to do with just how much money the Glazers hand to Sir Alex given the level of debt the club is now in. Having seen his side fail to overhaul Chelsea in the Premier League title race and beaten at the Quarter Final stages of the Champions League it seems fair to suggest that Ferguson will want to freshen things up and a move for a player with as much potential as Milner makes good sense.
The Aston Villa man may not be keen on a move to Eastlands given that Roberto Mancini failed to secure a Champions League spot, something Milner’s midlands club have missed out on with three successive sixth placed finishes, but he would surely be tempted by any offer on the table from Manchester United.