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Milner and Ireland Swap Places

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Manchester City have finally managed to sign James Milner, with Stephen Ireland heading to the Villains as part of the deal. After months of speculation, Stephen Ireland eventually gave in to his £2.4million pay-off demands and settled for half that amount to allow the transfer to go through.

The move was always going to happen and Milner has now become Man City's 6th big transfer of the Summer after Jerome Boateng, Aleksander Kolarov, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli.

The 24-year-old who has already played for Leeds and Newcastle signed on a 5-year contract with Aston Villa getting around £15million and Ireland in return. The transfer takes Man City's Summer spending to £118million.

In my opinion, I think Aston Villa have made a good bit of business. Ireland is still a fantastic player and Ashley Young and Stewart Downing can play on the wings. I'm not sure where Milner will fit into the City team as they seem to be overcrowded in his department. It was clear he wanted to go so Villa did the right thing and I think they'll come out better on the deal.


  1. Dom said...

    I think it is a very good deal. Ireland may not be as good a player as Milner but the typically inflated price that City were forced to pay for Milner means that Villa wont be too upset with the deal. You are right though, it will be very interesting to see where Milner fits into Man City over-sized squad. For me, Mancini's transfer policy this summer has been focused on personnel rather than buying to fit a system.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

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