The versatile England international is set to be a free agent in under six months’ time and is yet to agree a new contract with the reigning Premier League champions.
Limited first-team opportunities and being shifted around Manuel Pellgerini’s XI – he played as a striker recently – have led to suggestions that Milner may see his future away from the Etihad Stadium, with regular paying time tempting for the 29-year-old.
This has led to links with Arsenal and Liverpool, with the latter confident they can draft him in to ease the blow of Steven Gerrard’s departure – the veteran skipper will join LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
Brendan Rodgers is thought to see the hard-working former Leeds man as a good option, with his work rate and commitment standout characteristics.
Milner is free to discuss a pre-contract deal with foreign sides this month, but the Merseysiders will have to wait until his deal expires to pursue him officially.