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Milner price shows Aston Villa ambition

Milner price shows Aston Villa ambition

James Milner has now informed Martin O'Neill that he wants to follow in the foot$tep$ of Gareth Barry and $ign for Manche$ter City.

Martin O'Neill has now made it public knowledge that he can leave the club but only for the right price; thought to be £30M.

Now, when we look at the size of that price it really is unbelievable. In 2006 Aston Villa was taken over by Randy Lerner in a deal worth £62.6M for the club. We have purchased a player not too long ago for £12M and now look set to sell Milner to Manchester City in a deal hopefully worth between £28M-£30M with Roberto Mancini yesterday claiming that he is still chasing James Milner.

It really is quite amazing that we could sell 1 player for a value of almost half of what the whole club was worth almost 4 years ago. That is quite incredible!

We have taken tremendous steps since the takeover and this huge transfer deal not only shows that but also the money will take us on to the next level. Milner was a great player for us but now he has made his choice and chosen the money over football. The only questions now are to ask; exactly how much can we rip Manchester City off by? Who will replace Milner? And will this sale mean that we can now finally move on and sign some players?

But now we know the truth that Milner is a money grabber and we can thank Martin O'Neill for finally informing the fans on what is going on now that Milner has made his choice. Let the signings come in! Let's move on, and UTV!

For the record, I hope James Milner likes the new massaging chairs in the City of Manchester Stadium because he will be occupying one of them on a regular basis whilst the Man City team plays. UTV!

Date:Thursday July 22 2010
Time: 3:38PM


Sorry, but this is what happens when you fail to make top four; your best players leave. I wouldn't be too bothered about sending him to City: he isn't that good, just the man of the moment. Couple of seasons ago it was Ashley Young etc, etc. Over-rated because he's English.
Tony Rocky Horror
22/07/2010 15:45:00
And it will be interesting to see how far Villa drop whne they continue selling their best players.
22/07/2010 15:54:00
I'm pretty sure that City will refuse to pay £30m for Milner, and we are already looking to alternatives who are much cheaper. It's not about the money, it's just that people think we're mugs and the club realise that's going to have to stop. I suspect that Villa will keep holding out for £30m right up until the last day of the transfer window, at which point we will either pass on the opportunity leaving you with an unhappy and not 100% commited player, or you buckle and we land the player for £25m, but you will not have the time to spend it. Neither situation makes much sense for either club, and judging by the comments MON has been making for the past few weeks I suspect he does recognise that Milner is your best opportunity to raise enough funds to get 2-3 decent players in. Something's gotta give soon, otherwise the outcome to the whole saga will be unsatisfactory for all concerned.
22/07/2010 16:00:00
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Pancho Villan
22/07/2010 16:03:00
its a good pint but more to do with the silly money that man city have got, cant see who else would pay that money for him
22/07/2010 16:05:00
O'Neill said yesterday that Milner informed him that he wanted to leave Villa before the World Cup. Milner hasn't suddenly made up his mind in the last five minutes. The question tos ask is, Why has O'Neill come out now and said that Milner wants to leave? Anyway, the reason Milner is leaving is ambition. Man City have it, and we don't in any serious way. We can't afford that kind of ambition. As for Milner going to Man City to sit on the bench, to say so is ludicrous. Why are thye going to pay that kind of money for a bench-warmer? He will take his place in City's squad and play his fair share of games in a rotations system, just like the rest of City's players. It will be up to Milner himself how successful he at City. If he doesn't end up being good enough, he will at least be able to say he tried.
22/07/2010 16:10:00
It will be intersting to see what happens now. MON has proven he won't be held to ransom and will keep players that want to leave if the suitor club won't meet the valuation (Liverpool and Barry). I suspect he'll set an ultimatum to expire shortly and will stick to his guns. I hope we sell Milner for c. £30m as we will get by far the better of the deal. Personally think he's mad to go to the Eastlands circus - he must have been promised massive wages, but if I were him I'd be putting my career 1st. The fact that Villa are selling a player for this much shows how far we've come in Randy and MONs time. There is no club in the world that can hold on to a player if they want to leave.
22/07/2010 16:11:00
There is not a cat in hell's chance of City paying anywhere near £30m. MON knows City won't wait for a decent valuation. Villa will end up with a very unsatisfied player with no hope of getting in the top six next season.
22/07/2010 16:13:00
Man City will pay what we tell them to pay because they always want to get their way. Which they usually get, but they always look stupid because they are not business savvy. They are the hobby of some rich guy having a bit of fun. City are more than welcome to have Milner for £25m+ and we will take a few players in exchange maybe. £20M + ireland? That'd do. £15 + Bellamy and Ireland - even better. City = Fake, shallow and nobody has ever noticed you. Why would we bother now? Pfah!
22/07/2010 16:16:00
Lots of clubs show ambition, but Man City have not achieved anything yet. Let's not kid ourselves, players are going there for the money -Yaya Toure's agent implied he'd turned down £200k a week before finally being convinced to join. I imagine he'll be motivated at Eastlands! Moving from a non-CL Prem club to an established CL Prem club shows ambition on the part of the player. Moving to Man City just shows a desire to cash in. I genuinley don't think they'll qualify for the CL next year.
22/07/2010 16:19:00
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