James Milner has agreed to become Liverpool’s first signing of the summer. Milner has agreed personal terms on a free transfer from Manchester City and will officially move to Anfield on July 1, subject to a medical. Fans are delighted and hoping that the club attracts more proven players for the upcoming season.
The 29-year-old has been a top target for Brendan Rodgers and is expected to be the first of several new arrivals as the Reds boss looks to improve on a disappointing season. City were keen to hold on to Milner and had offered the midfielder a deal that is believed to have been worth more than the one tabled by Liverpool. However, Milner has been attracted to Anfield by the opportunity of more regular football in his preferred central midfield role.
During his five years with City, Milner has won the Premier League twice (2012, 2014), the FA Cup (2011) and the Capital One Cup (2014) which means he has won all possible domestic honours. The former Newcastle United and Aston Villa man started his Premier League career with Leeds United in 2002 when he became the youngest ever scorer in the Premier League at 16 years and 356 days, a feat that has since been beaten only by James Vaughan of Everton. Milner was also awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year Award in the 2009-10 season with Aston Villa.
With Milner now in the bag, Liverpool will turn their attentions to tying up a deal for another free agent, Burnley striker Danny Ings. Milner is currently with the England squad preparing for their forthcoming matches against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. He is in the squad with his new team mates Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana.