Another summer-long transfer saga concludes as MANCHESTER CITY and ASTON VILLA finally agree the terms that will transfer England World Cup midfielder JAMES MILNER to the Eastlands club in a deal reportedly worth 26.0 million English pounds.
Milner, who scored the final goal in Aston Villa’s 3-0 defeat of West Ham United on the opening day of the 2010-11 English Premier League season, had been preparing to fly to Austria for the first leg of the Birmingham club’s UEFA Europa League playoff clash with Rapid Vienna.
Holding up the had been midfielder STEPHEN IRELAND, who as a part of the transaction, was to be sent to Aston Villa. The Republic of Ireland international, who is rated to be worth 8.0 million English pounds, had allegedly been demanding a bonus payment of 2.0 million English pounds. The 23-year-old apparently has now agreed upon an amount half that.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Wales international striker CRAIG BELLAMY will be loaned out by Manchester City to Welsh club Cardiff City for the season; earlier, Man City’s Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI had stated that Bellamy would not be on his 25-man squad list to be submitted to the Premier League to start September.
And, Paraguay World Cup striker ROQUE SANTA CRUZ has been left off the 25-man list Manchester City submitted to UEFA for the Europa League playoff tie with Rapid Vienna; the 29-year-old attacker makes way for Manchester City’s recent signing from reigning European Cup champion Inter Milan, Italy international striker MARIO BALOTELLI.
Santa Cruz, who cost Manchester City a reported 17.5 million English pounds when purchased from Blackburn Rovers in June of 2009, has been linked with West Ham United in a move that would reportedly have the Hammers hand over 8.0 million English pounds.