Manchester City Set to Seal £32m Player Plus Cash Deal for Aston Villa Star Milner

Eastlands club come close to agreeing deal for want-away Villa Park attacker.

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James Milner returned to training at Aston Villa on Tuesday and hopes his proposed move to Manchester City will be finally approved by this weekend.

City and Villa are still haggling over a fee for the England midfielder, 24, who has 11 caps.

But the two clubs are believed to be close to a compromise after City’s initial bid in May of £20million plus add-ons was rejected.

Milner has told team-mates a deal is likely to be struck soon as Villa need to generate cash to fund their own moves in the market.

Villa boss Martin O’Neill, who has to sell-to-buy, has transfers for Spurs’ Robbie Keane and Celtic’s Aiden McGeady already lined-up.

Now Milner is waiting on the green light to be given permission to speak to City officials.

And a deal for Milner could include out-of-favour City midfielder Stephen Ireland going in the opposite direction as they are unwilling to pay £30m cash.

Milner trained yesterday after seeing a chiropractor on Monday night when Villa return from Portugal.

Milner did not play for Villa against Feyenoord and Benfica in the the Guadiana Cup at the weekend. (Daily Mirror)

So it appears that the two sides are about to agree terms on a deal to take the England man to Eastlands and one wonders what reception the talented midfielder would get at Villa Park if a move isn’t sealed before the new season starts given that the former Leeds and Newcastle United man has made it abundantly clear he wants to leave the midlands club.

Martin O’Neill has seen a huge chunk of his squad linked with moves away from the club and he will know that if he is to have time to spend any money he gets from any potential exits then he will have to accept deals sooner rather than later.

If indeed the likes of Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady are brought in the club clearly want as much cash as possible for Milner to cover those outlays. If they do indeed get Stephen Ireland as part of any deal then that would be damn good bit of business.

Do Villa fans want to see Milner sold or should he be forced to stay?

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