Liverpool 'open negotiations' over €16.5m midfielder - reports

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Liverpool have reportedly entered into negotiations with Juventus over the proposed sale of Alberto Aquilani.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve have an option to buy the midfielder at the end of his season-long loan for a fee in the region of €16.5 million.

However, the Italian giants are said to remain hopeful they can talk Liverpool down to around €12 million in order to secure a permanent move from Anfield for the 26-year-old.

Aquilani cost Liverpool almost £20 million when he signed from AS Roma in 2009, but a string of injuries saw him restricted to a handful of games during his debut season.


Juventus registered their interest in the Italy international last summer and were able to secure his services for the entirety of the season. And - although Liverpool maintained they intended to keep hold of Aquilani for the long-term - a transfer to Turin was always expected to be the likely outcome.

Aquilani himself has declared his hopes to remain at the Stadio Olimpico, and a move away from Liverpool now appears to be a formality.

"It is thanks to the Bianconeri club that I have returned to the national team," Aquilani told Corriere dello Sport earlier this week. "The club has to evaluate the situation but I would like to stay."

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