James Milner can leave Villa if price is right, says O'Neill
Martin O'Neill has admitted for the first time that James Milner is for sale - if Manchester City can meet Aston Villa's asking price.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Villa's friendly with Bohemians in Dublin, the manager conceded that Milner wanted to leave Villa Park.
Martin O'Neill said: ""I had a conversation with James before the World Cup and he intimated that he'd like to go.
"I'd imagine things will be resolved in the foreseeable future.
"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 extended holiday."
Previously, the Villa boss had outlined his determination to hold onto last season's player of the year.
Villa instantly rejected City's opening £20million offer for 24-year-old Milner before the World Cup - but the Eastlands club are now set to return with an improved offer.
Last season, City prised former Villa captain Gareth Barry away from the Midlands after paying £12million. They could expect to pay at least double that for Milner's services.