Manchester United Plan £32m Milner Bid as Ferguson Looks to Trump City for England International

Sir Alex hopes to nab Villa Park midfielder and bring him to Old Trafford.

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Manchester United are planning on a last gasp late bid to snatch Aston Villa midfielder James Milner from underneath the noses of their neighbours Manchester City. Roberto Mancini has been attempting to lure the England international from Villa Park for some time now but Martin O’Neill has held firm on his valuation of the former Leeds and Newcastle United man and now Sir Alex Ferguson is set to make a significant bid to sign the talented 24 year old.

Ferguson is looking to bolster his midfield and is known to be a big admirer of the adaptable Aston Villa man and sees him as an ideal player to place in the centre of his midfield, a position that Milner has excelled in. He can also operate very effectively when played out wide and today O’Neill admitted he is resigned to losing his services some time before the new season kicks off.

A move for Milner would cost in the region of £32m and whilst the Old Trafford club are heavily in debt the club’s Chief Executive has stated that Sir Alex Ferguson will be given funds for new signings.

Man United have been fairly muted in the transfer market so far this summer having brought in Chris Smalling and Mexican striker Javier Hernandez so Sir Alex may well be interested in further strengthening their squad ahead of the new season as they look to overhaul Chelsea for the Premier League title.

James Milner appears to have made it clear that he wishes to leave Aston Villa as he feels that the midlands side can not fulfil his ambitions and whilst a move to Eastlands may well help improve his chances of securing Champions League football but surely a move to Old Trafford would prove even more tempting?

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