Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has revealed that he is prepared to sell James Milner, if the price is right.
The England international has been the subject of interest from Manchester City this summer, with the Blues having already seen one bid knocked back.
They made their move prior to the World Cup finals, hoping they could put a deal in place before the player turned his attention to events in South Africa.
Villa made it clear on that occasion that the fee involved fell some way short of their valuation and Milner headed off for international duty with his future hanging in the balance.
City, though, have refused to back down and continue to monitor the situation closely.
Milner has made it clear that he would welcome the opportunity to complete a switch to Eastlands, with Villa's latest offer of a new deal turned down point blank.
That contract would have made him the highest paid player in the club's history, but money is no longer an issue.
Villa have now been forced to begrudgingly accept that Milner is looking to move on and they are bracing themselves for a second bid from City.
O'Neill will hold out for the best possible price for one of his prized assets, but has revealed that he could be ready to cash in.
"I had a conversation with James before the World Cup and he intimated that he'd like to go," said the Villa boss.
"City made an offer but it did not meet our valuation. I'm sure matters will be resolved soon. James is back next week having had an extended holiday.
"There is a difference of valuation at this moment between the buying club and the selling club.
"That may well be resolved and if that is the case then absolutely fine.
"I think James' agent has told our chief executive that he wouldn't be signing a new contract.
"Obviously that puts a different slant on things, like everything else.
"If a fee is agreed, at the end of the day, the player can leave."
It is believed that an offer of around £30million would be enough for Villa to back down.
Bringing in such a sizeable fee would also allow O'Neill to pump some of that cash back into his squad, with a replacement for Milner set to top his shopping list.
Milner, who became the youngest Premier League goalscorer when he netted for Leeds against Sunderland nine days before his 17th birthday, cost Villa a reported £12million from Newcastle in 2008.
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