London, May 20 (ANI): Aston Villa has rejected Manchester City 25 million pound bid for James Milner, and now plans to negotiate a new long-term deal with the England midfield ace.
The Sun reports that Villa boss Martin O'Neill would still struggle to hold on to the player.
The deal was worth an initial 20 million pounds with a further five million pounds of add-ons for success and appearances.
Both Villa owner Randy Lerner and manager O'Neill have been adamant that Milner, 24, is not for sale.
In a statement Villa said: "We have received an offer from Manchester City and this has been firmly rejected. We plan to sit down with James and his representative after the World Cup to agree a new, long-term deal."
Milner learned of City's move on Wednesday at England's training camp in Austria, the paper said.
Mancini has up to 150 million pounds to spend this summer as he tries to build a side for a Premier League title push next season, it adds. (ANI)