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Milner is another City player who is looking for more playing time elsewhere.
Manchester City's ordinarily flush midfield is starting to spring more leaks than Henry and Liza's bucket.
Yaya Toure wants to leave because City did not get him a Hallmark birthday card, or some such nonsense. James Milner wants out of the Etihad because, frankly, he does not play often enough.
"Arsenal want to sign James Milner from Manchester City after the England midfielder informed the newly crowned Premier League champions he would like a transfer," wrote Daniel Taylor for The Guardian.
Milner's desire to leave is understandable. He would start for at least 75 percent of the Premier League's sides. (Here's looking at you, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.) But at City he is a stopgap who only gets regular action when Jesus Navas, David Silva or Fernandinho are injured.
"His complaint predominantly stems around his lack of matches, having started only 12 times in the league this season," Taylor continued.
Perhaps more troubling to Milner is that he came to City with the intent of playing central midfield, but "instead he has been largely used as a wide midfielder by Roberto Mancini and now Manuel Pellegrini," Taylor wrote.
City are apparently going to try to fix the Milner problem the best way they know how. With cash. Especially with the new Financial Fair Play restrictions UEFA recently slapped on the club, City can ill afford to lose a talented England man like Milner.
"City would be reluctant to lose Milner ... and hope the offer of a lucrative four-year contract will persuade him to change his mind," Taylor wrote.