Manchester City Plan Audacious £44m Aston Villa Pair Raid: Mancini Set to Snap up Milner and Agbonlahor

Eastlands boss lines up move for Villa Park pair.

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Manchester City are apparently lining up a shock move for Aston Villa pair Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner as Roberto Mancini looks to reshape his Eastlands squad. The Italian boss is hoping to bring in many new names so as to give his side the look of a team he has brought in rather than keeping faith with those signed by previous City managers.

Talks appear to be under way to nab England winger Milner but more heartache could hit the midlands club as Martin O’Neill attempts to keep striker Gabriel Agbonlahor from being tempted by a big salary and the potential for an arguably more realistic hope of Champions League football.

Both England men are also hoping to secure regular international starts and may feel that they could garner more attention at the City of Manchester Stadium. A projected bid of around £44m is apparently set to be made and whilst Randy Lerner may well turn down such a move he and O’Neill may find it hard to prevent the pair from having their heads turned by such interest.

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