Confirmed: James Milner to join Liverpool

Liverpool announce a deal has been struck with James Milner for the Manchester City midfielder to join the Reds this summer

James Milner will sign for Liverpool on July 1st – subject to a medical – after his contract with Manchester City expires. The club confirmed the news on their official website earlier today, pointing out that he will come to the club on a free transfer.

Milner’s contract running down with City means he is a free agent and able to negotiate his own deals. Liverpool won’t have to pay a fee to the Manchester club, although in most ‘Bosman style’ deals the player tends to be in a position to negotiate far more favourable personal terms, including signing on fees, than with regular transfers.

Liverpool’s announcement said:

“Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce they have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City’s James Milner, subject to a medical.

“The Reds have agreed personal terms with the England international, who will join the club on a free transfer on July 1 after his contract at the Etihad Stadium has expired.

“Milner will arrive at Anfield having lifted two Barclays Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his five-year spell with City.

“The 29-year-old is also firmly established as a regular for England and has notched 53 caps to date.

“Having also represented Leeds United, Newcastle United and Aston Villa, Milner has lined up against Liverpool 24 times in total during the course of his career.”

The move will be a popular one if our poll is anything to go by. At the time of writing over 83% of 5Times readers thought Milner would be a good signing for Liverpool.

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Milner reportedly turned down lucrative offers to stay at City, not to mention the opportunity to play in the Champions League, but may well have been promised a more regular starting role than his current club could offer.

Milner has played in a number of positions across midfield during his career and it remains to be seen how he’ll be deployed for the Reds. Earlier this week former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said that manager Brendan Rodgers will have discussed with Milner exactly what role he sees him in, and may even be about to offer him the captaincy.

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“Brendan Rodgers will have spoken to him about where he sees him fitting in,” Carra said, “but he’s very similar to Jordan Henderson.

“I have no doubt one reason he’s joining is to play in a more central role rather than out wide.

“The fact that Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t confirm Jordan Henderson as this season’s captain, even though he was captain in Gerrard’s absence last season, makes me think him and Milner could be competing for the armband.

“Was that another thing that enticed Milner to join?”

Meanwhile, former Reds striker Neil Mellor tweeted Milner was an “Excellent signing to star the summer business off” with.

Luis Garcia, a member of Liverpool’s famous Istanbul European Cup winning squad said he’d be a “very good” signing, adding that summer transfers had started well.

The Reds are also reportedly close to signing another free agent – Danny Ings – although there will be a fee to pay to Burnley if that deals goes through, the amount decided by a tribunal if necessary.

Other speculation includes a Liverpool bid being turned down by Southampton for full-back Nathanial Clyne and suggestions an offer will be made for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

It seems another busy transfer window looms for Liverpool, with Milner likely to be the first “done deal” of the summer when the medical and the formalities are completed next month.

 

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