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Villa boss O'Neill faces losing Milner to Man City

James Milner
Milner joined Villa in 2008

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has admitted James Milner could be on the verge of a move to Manchester City.

Villa rejected a £20m bid from City for Milner in May and put a £30m price tag on the England midfielder.

Speaking after his side's home friendly against Valencia on Friday, O'Neill said Milner could soon be on his way.

"We didn't play him against Valencia as there could be something happening in terms of the transfer over the weekend or Monday or Tuesday," he said.

"Until that possibly develops I thought it best to leave him out of the Valencia game.

"To my knowledge, no fee has been agreed but talks are taking place involving our chief executive and the chairman.

"I think for everyone's benefit it is probably time to try and get something done.


"Losing your best players at the club obviously causes you a headache and it is a problem.

"It happened two years ago with Gareth Barry when it was not resolved. I'm sure that no-one wants to go down that route again.

"If and when the transfer takes place I will have to speak to the chairman about future transfer dealings."

Earlier on Friday, City boss Roberto Mancini said he was hopeful of recruiting Milner as well as Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

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