Liverpool are taking the long view in today’s transfer elevenses with the Anfield outfit edging into the frame for some quality summer signings.
They’re not the only ones planning a raid on one of Manchester City’s few remaining Englishmen either.
James Milner – Manchester City to Liverpool
The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Manchester City were “confident of convincing Milner to sign a new deal despite interest from Liverpool.”
However, today’s Times has a very different take on his on-going contract negotiations, with the midfielder 6/4 to be a Liverpool man next September.
In an ‘exclusive’ article, their chief football correspondent Oliver Kay writes:
“The Merseyside club are in pole position to sign Milner on a free transfer at the end of the season after the breakdown of his contract negotiations with City”.
It’s understood that the 29-year-old has told teammates there is little chance he will be staying on at the Etihad after being told there will no better offer than the deal he was presented with last month.
Petr Cech – Chelsea to Arsenal
Matt Law of the Telegraph reports that the Blues’ long-serving custodian will be free to choose his next club when he feels it is time for him to leave Stamford Bridge.
While he will not be allowed to exit in the January window that time could be as soon as this summer and it’s noted that Jose Mourinho would be unlikely to block a move to a Premier League rival.
That should have Arsenal and Liverpool on tenterhooks, with both alluded to as potential suitors last month by Cechs’s agent Viktor Kolar, who told reporters:
“I think Arsenal should have made an offer to him. I think Petr would be considering it. Liverpool need to strengthen their position in goal and they know Petr will be available in the summer.”
Scott Sinclair – Manchester City to Aston Villa
Finally, a host of Premier League sides are ready to end Sinclair’s period of penance in the Siberian outer reaches of Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team thinking.
Sky Sports suggest Villa’s approaches are the most advanced, although they have yet to agree to the Citizens’ £2.5m asking price.