City get their swap deal with Villa

James Milner will finally become a Manchester City player in the next 24 hours after Manchester City and Aston Villa agreed a fee for the midfielder. Milner will undergo a medical late on Tuesday afternoon after a deal was finally agreed between the two clubs earlier in the day. As part of the deal, City midfielder Stephen Ireland will move to Villa Park.

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FInally, the longest transfer saga comes to an end. Lasting from last season, the fight between Man City and Villa over the signature of James Milner kept growing before it finally ended today with Manchester City completing all demands of Aston Villa. City’s move for Milner was believed to have been delayed by Stephen Ireland’s demand for a £2m payment to leave Eastlands with the midfielder joining Aston Villa as part of the deal, although those demands are believed to have been resolved.

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Speaking late last week, City boss Roberto Mancini had said Milner’s move from Villa should eventually go through within “two or three days” after weeks of negotiations between the two clubs. City are believed to have offered £18m plus Ireland for the England international, whose arrival at Eastlands will take their summer spending well beyond the £100m following the arrival of Mario Balotelli last week.


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