Arsenal and Liverpool target James Milner has been offered £165,000 a week by Manchester City to stay at the Etihad, reports the Daily Express.
The 29-year-old’s contract ends in the summer, and he has been strongly linked to a move away as a result. However, current manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to keep the England international with the Sky Blues, and looks ready to break the bank in order to do so. The versatile midfielder is vital to the Citizens because of both his home grown status and ability to cover positions across the whole of the midfield.
At times the former Aston Villa man has also played at right-back and up front, showing his willingness to sacrifice for the team. However, Milner is naturally a centre-mid, and it is there that he is likely to play should anyone manage to entice him away.
Neither Arsenal or Liverpool are likely to offer the same high wages to the midfielder, but could offer him a better chance of regular first team football. This season he has made 44 appearances, but 16 cam from the bench and a large amount of the starts were due to Yaya Toure going to the African Cup of Nations, as well as several injuries.