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Milner Move Report 'Almost Complete' Rubbish?

Milner £28M transfer 'almost complete' is rubbish

A certain newspaper this morning has printed an article stating that Manchester City are close to completing a deal for James Milner with a transfer fee of £28M.

Although this may sound believable they have actually ruined the credibility of this article by taking it one step too far. They claim Milner (who is in South Africa) has agreed terms on a 5 year deal earning £80,000 a week.

Now some people are stupid, but there is no way anyone can believe this. Villa and England have stressed that no player should speak or take action about their club future during the world cup, but apparently Milner has secretly agreed to join Man City and without Cappello noticing has flown back to Manchester to discuss terms on a contract?

First of all, the clubs need to agree a fee before such discussions between a club and transfer target can take place.

Secondly, if Milner was to join Man City I think he would demand more than £80,000 a week (with the silly money that joke of a club is throwing around lately).

And thirdly how has all these secret discussions taken place without Aston Villa or the England camp knowing anything at all but the press know every detail?

Hmmm. Also the fee of £28M is below our apparent £30M price tag, and why oh why would Villa sell one of the stars of the forthcoming World Cup before he can show off his talents?

I still firmly believe that Aston Villa and James Milner will come to terms on a new long term contract along with other star players like Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor, John Carew and Richard Dunne.

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Date:Thursday June 10 2010

Time: 9:13AM

Your Comments

Its obvious that everything will be being conducted by his agent while hes away at the world cup, the agent will thrash out the figures and relay all this to jimmy on the phone, city will agree a price with us, then all jimmy has to do is sign when he returns.Same thing will be ahppeneing with Joe Cole
pauled177
I have it on fairly reliable source that he doesn't want to leave. He will only leave if the club receive an offer that the club feel is too good to turn down and give him the option. Even then he might not go. I am fairly certain that he will either be in a Villa shirt at the start of next season or we will have got an absolutely fantastic deal out of it. I don't think the Villa are going to lose what ever the outcome.
voiceoftheholte
We are onlytrongly linked with Bousaffa because all the newspapers and websites are copying a story from one sunday paper, lazy journalism at its best. I can guarantee we wont sign him.
pauled177
I have to say that I admire your optimism astvil123, but personally, reading between the lines, I have to say that I've come to terms with the fact that Milly will be leaving us this summer, and if £28m has been offered by Manchester City to secure his services, then I expect Milly to put pen to paper immediately after England's participation in the World Cup is over. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he (Milly) made his preferred intentions known to the Villa Park hierarchy at this get together that reportedly took place last week, and so all that needed to be agreed with City was the actual price we were prepared to accept. Disappointing, but we will move on.
glensider
I think he will still be in a Villa shirt next season. The same thing was happening with Ashley Young last summer and every person and newspaper were convinced he'd go. Milner may well leave in the future but i don't think it will be now and i don't think he will leave to go to Man City either, more likely Man Utd or Chelsea.
clhbelbin
Agree, Glensider. And I don't think he is THAT good. I really like him as a player, his attitude and work-rate are fantastic, but he is not (yet) a GREAT player and I don't think MoN will make him one. Mind you I don't think Mancini will either. Fergie and Wenger could. And he shows his immaturity by going to City in that if he really wants to make his own personal next step up he needs a manager that develops players, not a club that exploits them. Always a Villa fan.
144wittonlane
Chelsea is the best move for him, Anchellotti will get him playing. Chelsea were enjoyable to watch this season.
Stig
Sorry but I can see both sides and still believe this is rubbish. If there is one thing we know its that MON and Randy are not stupid, so they know that by hanging on until after the world cup it would almost certainly add another few million to his value and would add one or two more interested parties into transfer negotiations, or if he has a poor world cup man citys interest may cool and we would have an easier time keeping him so I dont think for one second that we were negotiating with any club for him just yet.
Tallaght Villan
Look what Wenger has done with Theo Walcott 144wittonlane, bugger all. Fergie is a different class though. Heard from a few Chelsea fans that JT and Lampard are meant to be targeting Milner to try to persuade him that Stamford Bridge is his best option.
Villan444
have we actually confirmed that we've put a 30m price tag on milner? it makes no sense to have done so before the world cup, unless we are 'hedging our bets' on the fact that he might turn out to be a wc flop and his valuation drops. but i highly doubt this is the case especially given that the villa representative who spoke after villa rejected citys 20m offer said that the plan is to sit down with him after the wc and try and nut out a new long term deal. im with voiceoftheholte and dont think that milner will leave for anything less than a bumper fee. my guess would be an extortionist 35m
qldvillan
If Chelsea match Man City's offer I can see him going there. He'd probably be of greater benefit to Chelsea anyway given they have an ageing team. But Chelsea would have to match City's offer, and I'm not convinced they will. In one way I hope Milner is sold this summer, because I think it's unlikely that he will sign a new contract. If he were to sign a new contract, all fine and dandy. But the absolute worst case scenario is for him to stay, not sign a new contract, and then be sold in 12 months time for a much smaller fee.
Albarnista
Would be great for Chelsea but I fear he'd cost too much! Citeh won't have any problems paying up, thuogh.
JT_daniel
 

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