by Tim McGlone
The chairman of the UAE club trying to lure the A-League star is 'confident' his club will complete the permanent transfer of the 29-year old midfielder.
Baniyas, based in Abu Dhabi, are believed to have activated the AUS$1 million release clause in the 2014/15 A-League Grand Final star's contract.
Mubarak bin Mahroum, the Baniyas chairman, said discussions had taken place over a proposed move.
"We have been discussing for a long time, since one month ago," bin Mahroum said on Monday.
"We are still talking, still negotiating some things. We are confident."
The 29-year old Milligan joined Melbourne Victory in 2012, and was a key player in their championship winning side this season. The versatile midfielder was named man-of-the-match in the 3-0 A-League Grand Final triumph over Sydney earlier this month.
Milligan, who was once heavily linked with Premier League club Crystal Palace, has represented Australia on 39 occasions.