Emirates Stadium side look to firm-up interest in England international next week.
Arsenal are readying a move to mount an official approach for Man City midfielder James Milner with the 28 year old free to enter talks with prospective suitors in January with his current Etihad Stadium contract expiring at the end of the current campaign.
Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing in the experienced England man and is ready to match the former Leeds United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United man’s current salary and offer a big money signing on fee to boot.
It is believed that Milner is open to signing a new Man City contract but is looking for assurances of more regular first team action having played something of a limited role in recent seasons.
Milner’s versatility interests Wenger and the ability to land a player of his quality on a free transfer is not one the north London side will pass up.
Liverpool are also keen on Milner but a move to Arsenal is likely to prove more tempting, especially if Wenger manages to secure a top four finish.
Man City hope to keep hold of Milner, not least to boost their home-grown compliment, but also due to his ability to act as a solid back-up in numerous roles across the midfield and on the flanks.
Milner was even used as a central striker this term when Manuel Pellegrini found himself without options up front.
Man City marched to a Premier League title last term but Milner started just 12 of the club’s 38 fixtures and has started just half of their encounters this term and may feel that a more prominent role can be secured at Arsenal and a move to the capital could tempt the Yorkshire born midfielder.
Milner has amassed almost 500 club appearances and has over 50 caps to his name and could well help to boost Arsenal’s squad next term and would reverse the trend of players moving in the opposite direction in recent seasons.