Liverpool & Arsenal boosted in race for Etihad star

Manchester City’s chances of keeping James Milner are fading, with reports from The Guardian claiming that a contract agreement with the midfielder is some way off.

The England international’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and the Sky Blues are working hard to ensure that he stays at the Etihad Stadium.

Interest from a host of overseas clubs is thought to be strong, while Arsenal and Liverpool – considered to be his most likely suitors – are also in the mix.

Milner is understood to have one lucrative pre-contract offer on the table, which he is free to sign this month, although there are no indications that he will take up the deal from the mystery club.

Reports claim that City’s chances of keeping the versatile ace are fading by the week, with the 29-year-old desperate for guaranteed first-team action.

Manuel Pellegrini remains an admirer of the hard-working midfielder and the Premier League champions have not yet given up on keeping him.

Staying in England may appeal to Milner at this current time, which will come as a boost to Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger.