Manchester City's James Milner is ready to decline a new contract offer worth £165,000 per week in favour of a move to either Arsenal or Liverpool, according to The Guardian.
Milner grew frustrated with a lack of game time last season and despite Manchester City trying to woo him with an increased amount of appearances this term, he's still not feeling the love. At 29-years-old, Milner is looking for first team guarantees and he's more likely to get those elsewhere.
Arsenal and Liverpool both hold serious interest in the experienced England international who is known for his work-rate and all-round midfield contribution. Both the interested parties could be willing to spend more than usual on wages since Milner becomes a free agent in the summer. However, Manchester City still hold out hope that their offer may yet prove just too good and that Milner won't be able to resist sitting pretty for a couple more years.
In terms of which club the ex-Aston Villa man would prefer, both sides have pros and cons. Arsenal, as ever, offer Champions League football and thus the chance to remain at the very top of the game. But their packed midfield, at least for the time being, means it may be hard to hold down a place in the starting eleven. On the other hand, Liverpool are much more likely to make Milner first team assurances, plus they're crying out for more experience and Premier League know-how now that Steven Gerrard is leaving.
Milner will weigh up his options over the next couple of weeks and by the opening of the transfer window, it should be pretty clear where he'll be ending up. Both Arsenal and Liverpool will be hoping they can make what would be a valuable addition to their squads as they prepare to challenge for honours again next season.