Liverpool midfielder James Milner will join Brighton on a free transfer as his eight-year stay at Anfield comes to an end.
Milner’s eight-year stint on Merseyside, during which he made 328 appearances and won six major titles, is now over. While Jurgen Klopp was keen to keep Milner at Anfield for another season, it is understood that no formal talks took place between Milner and club officials, with Brighton making an enticing offer to the veteran, who will now join ex-Reds teammate Adam Lallana at the Amex Stadium next season.
Liverpool recently asked Milner to reconsider his decision to leave, but the deal with Brighton is now almost complete.
Milner will join Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Roberto Firmino in leaving Liverpool for free this summer, as Klopp embarks on one of his most active transfer windows. The Reds are interested in signing Alexis MacAllister from Brighton and Argentina, as well as Mason Mount from Chelsea, and there have recently been strong links to Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch, with Klopp making no secret of his desire to add first-team signings this summer.
The Reds have four games left this season, beginning on Saturday (17:30 GMT) at Anfield against Brentford. Milner could play his final home game for the club against former club Aston Villa on Saturday, May 20 (15:00 GMT).
James Milner close to signing for Brighton
Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly close to signing Liverpool midfielder James Milner.
The 37-year-old’s current contract with Liverpool expires at the end of the season.
Manager Jurgen Klopp wants to stay, but the Merseyside club has made no indication of offering him a new contract.
Milner is close to agreeing terms to join Brighton at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.
Burnley are also showing interest in signing the former England international. But he prefers a move to the Amex Stadium due to Roberto De Zerbi’s tactical innovation.
This season, the experienced midfielder has made 26 Premier League appearances, the majority of which have come off the bench.
He’ll be looking for more opportunities with the Seagulls, who had a successful 2022-23 season.
Milner has been with Liverpool since 2015, when he arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City.