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GUARDIAN – James Milner edging closer to Manchester City exit after contract impasse

• Midfielder has offers from clubs in Spain and Italy• Arsenal and Liverpool remain Milner’s most likely suitors• Kompany: Arsenal defeat has fired us up to face ChelseaManchester City are running out of time to tie James Milner down to a new deal, with the two parties still a long way off reaching an agreement and the England international currently weighing up three proposals from clubs in Spain and Italy, including a particularly attractive pre-contact offer that he would be free to sign this month.While there is no guarantee that Milner will accept any of the opportunities in front of him at the moment – any pre-contract agreement with an overseas club would need to be signed before the end of the window – the chances of the midfielder remaining at City are receding by the week. Arsenal and Liverpool remain the most likely suitors if Milner chooses to remain in the Premier League when his contract expires in the summer. Related: Transfer news: Swansea agree Naughton fee, Milner nears City exit – live! Continue reading…

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ESPN – Fantasy Preview: Week 22

Raheem Sterling is back from a two week holiday and should start for Liverpool against Aston Villa on Saturday. Ten games over three days make up Week 22. Here's all the best picks from around the grounds… Saturday, January 17 Announced lineups can be checked on the first six games listed below before the week locks. Aston Villa (5-7-9) vs. Liverpool (9-5-7) Villa have the league's worst goal-scoring total (11). Ciaran Clark (4.7) is suspended while injury-plagued Ron Vlaar (5.3) is sidelined again. Christian Benteke (6.7) has not scored in four games. Daniel Sturridge (8.8) is a week away from playing….

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