Liverpool ready to sell midfielder after closing in on James Milner signing

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Liverpool look increasingly confident of signing Manchester City midfielder James Milner on a free transfer this summer and could now be ready to offload Lucas Leiva to make way for him.

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The England international is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium at the end of this season and appears to be nearing a move to Anfield, which would no doubt be a big boost for manager Brendan Rodgers in an attempt to fill several roles in his team.

Milner can play out wide or centrally, aiding the club as Steven Gerrard prepares to make the summer move to MLS giants LA Galaxy.

It could also spell the end of Lucas’ time on Merseyside, with the Reds now willing to consider offers for the experienced Brazilian from Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

Liverpool rejected bids for the 28-year-old back in the January transfer window, but according to the Daily Mirror, they could now allow the player to leave in the summer.

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