Villa want top dollar for Milner

Published Jul. 22, 2010 9:41 a.m. ET

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is reportedly ready to sell star man James Milner - but wants around £30million for the wantaway midfielder.

The England international has been the subject of interest from Manchester City this summer, with the Blues having already seen one bid knocked back.

They made their move prior to the World Cup finals, hoping they could put a deal in place before the player turned his attention to events in South Africa.

Villa made it clear on that occasion that the fee involved fell some way short of their valuation and Milner headed off for international duty with his future hanging in the balance.

City, though, have refused to back down and are continuing to monitor the situation closely.

It is obvious that the 24-year-old has had his head turned, with City's ambitions to become a force at home and abroad well documented.

Milner has made it clear that he would welcome the opportunity to complete a switch to Eastlands, with Villa's latest offer of a new deal turned down point blank.


That contract would have made him the highest-paid player in the club's history, but money is no longer an issue.

Villa have now been forced to begrudgingly accept that Milner is looking to move on and they are bracing themselves for a second bid from City.

O'Neill will hold out for the best possible price for one of his prize assets, but has reportedly told Sky Sports News that he is ready to cash in.

It is believed that an offer of around £30million would be enough for Villa to back down.

Bringing in such a sizeable fee would also allow O'Neill to pump some of that cash back into his squad, with a replacement for Milner set to top his shopping list - and West Ham's Scott Parker possibly fitting the bill.