Manchester City lost the Premier League title to Chelsea this summer. And now they’ve lost English footballer, James Milner too as he has agreed to bid farewell to Etihad stadium for a free transfer to Liverpool – subject to medical.
The 29-year-old is set to join the Reds as his contract with City ends on July 1, 2015.
In an official statement, Liverpool FC expressed their delight to “announce a deal” with “James Milner from Manchester City, subject to medical.”
“The Reds have agreed personal terms with the England international, who will join the club for a free transfer on July 1 after his contract at the Etihad Stadium has expired,” the statement added.
Milner played in Leeds United, Newcastle United, and Aston Villa before moving to Manchester City in 2010 for a price of 26 million Euros.
According to a report by The Guardian, Manuel Pellegrini, the manager of Manchester City was keen of continuing with the Englishman as City offered to pay him 165,000 Euros a week, but to no avail.
In the same report, it is estimated that providing Milner his favoured position – central midfield, triggered him to move to Anfield where he would make 150,000 Euros a week which is in fact less than what he would’ve made had he stayed in City.
The report added that a promise to be given a more ‘regular role’ in the matches, and residing in north-west that is close to his family and England’s international team were some other reasons that favoured Liverpool’s luck in signing Milner.
The Reds failed to sign him last summer, and sure they grabbed the opportunity well this time.
Milner has won 53 caps for England, and scored 8 goals for Manchester City last season.
In the other transfer news, one of the biggest talk is Manchester United’s star goalkeeper, 24-year-old, David De Gea leaving the club to go back to his country to join Real Madrid.
While there hasn’t been any confirmation, according to a report by Metro, David De Gea has already bid farewell to his teammates and staff at Old Trafford.
Having already given up Anders Lindegaard, United now has to make do with former Barcelona star, Victor Valdes. But how far, and fast the Spaniard can adjust to the Premier League’s style of playing is another question.