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Man City world takeover edges closer


Milner winging in to Man City

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill today conceded he was prepared to sell star winger James Milner to Manchester City, once the price is right. Milner, whose stock has risen considerably over the past year, has privately made it clear to the club that he wants to leave and Aston Villa are now waiting for the Manchester club to up their original offer, thought to be around £20 million.

Martin O’Neill is believed to be holding out for closer to £30 million and he may well get his way. The fee is grossly exagerrated for a player who is talented, yes, but not worth £30 million simply because Fabio Capello called him the “most improved” England player in the past year. Given England’s resulting World Cup performance, it isn’t saying an awful lot.

Don’t misunderstand us, Milner is a fine player, capable of holding his own in any top English side. However the ridiculous element to this story is that O’Neill is simply using hype to get an inflated fee and he will probably get his own way as Man City seem prepared to throw money at any club to get whomever they please (apart from players who want to play in the Champions League). With deals for Mario Balotelli, Landon Donovan and Aleksandar Kolarov expected as well, Man City’s spending could approach the £200 million mark soon, let alone surpassing a paltry £100 million.

For Man City supporters, these are exciting times. A wealth of talented footballers coming in to a club which is already

Boss Roberto Mancini has a top quality squad

well-stocked with quality footballers. What is interesting however, is the new home-grown rule comes into play this year, and not one of the signings so far qualifies. Which means that although it would make sense for the likes of Craig Bellamy to make way for a Milner of Balotelli, Man City can’t really afford to lose one of their home0grown stars, ditto Stephen Ireland. Should be another fascinating few weeks in Manchester to come.

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