James Milner 'holds talks with Arsenal and Liverpool'

James Milner of Manchester City celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the FA Cup Third Round tie v Sheffield Wednesday
Image: James Milner enjoyed a solid campaign for Manchester City and is in demand now his contract is set to expire

James Milner has held talks with both Arsenal and Liverpool about signing for them on a Bosman free transfer this summer, according to Sky sources.

The versatile midfielder's contract at Manchester City expires this month and the club are believed to have offered him improved terms to stay.

But, at 29, he started just 18 of the 32 Premier League games he appeared in last term and he is understood to be interested in a move to a club that would guarantee him a more regular first-team place.

Sky sources understand Milner will not make a decision about his future until after the upcoming England games against Republic of Ireland, a friendly on June 7, and Slovenia, a crucial European Qualifier away from home on June 14.

Milner was the man to double the advantage
Image: Milner: Scored eight goals in 45 appearances for City in all competitions last season

Milner has been previously linked with a switch to Liverpool. It is understood a number of clubs from across Europe are interested in his signing and Arsenal are also one of them.

During limited appearances this term, Milner managed seven Premier League assists and scored five times.

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He has played 198 times in all for City, scoring 18 goals, since joining from Aston Villa for £26million in 2010. He was a Leeds trainee before joining Newcastle for £3.6m in 2004, and has 53 caps for England.

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