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Crystal Palace: Eagles want James Milner

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Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on signing Liverpool midfielder James Milner in the summer.

The Lowdown: Milner’s contract situation

At this moment in time, Milner, labelled as a ‘class act’ by The Liverpool Echo, is set to be a free agent at the end of June.

The 36-year-old, on £150,000-a-week, has been at Anfield since 2015 and has been key for Jurgen Klopp over the years, playing 274 times for the Reds.

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Palace have now been name-checked with an interest in Milner, who said last month that Patrick Vieira is doing a ‘great job’ at Selhurst Park.

The Latest: Eagles interest

According to Fichajes, both Palace and Watford are keen on securing Milner’s services ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Both have ‘consulted’ Milner’s situation and ‘intend to make moves’ for the versatile midfielder.

However, Fabrizio Romano has recently revealed that Klopp wants to keep hold of Milner for a further 12 months, with talks underway over a new deal.

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The Verdict: Avoid?

Milner is coming to the end of a glittering career, and although he could be a shrewd squad player, we feel that Palace should avoid a move for the Englishman.

His whopping salary is more than any other Palace player, and bringing him to Selhurst Park doesn’t appear to fit Vieira’s transfer mould. Five of the Palace manager’s permanent signings have been 25 years of age or younger, which points to a long-term project being built at the club.

Therefore, paying Milner big money for the 2022/23 campaign may not be the wisest of moves, however, a midfielder could be the club’s main priority if they can’t secure Conor Gallagher’s services on a permanent basis.

In other news: Matt Woosnam shares ‘latest’ Palace injury blow for Vieira as ‘quality’ ace now out. 

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