Liverpool facing £16m dilemma over playmaker

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Liverpool are facing a dilemma over the sale Alberto Aquilani, with Juventus reluctant to keep the midfielder and the Merseyside club hoping to put through a top price deal, according to the Telegraph.

Aquilani has a £16 million buy out clause in his contract with Liverpool, and the 26-year-old was hoping to stay in Italy, after featuring in the starting line up for Juventus this season.


But Juventus have been unhappy with the £16 million fee for Aquilani, and though they tried to negotiate with Liverpool on the price, the Reds are hoping to cash in on the star as much as possible to fund their big purchases this summer.

Aquilani’s agent said today that the Italian was fielding interest from Napoli, and was hoping to leave Liverpool in the summer.

"I have not spoken to Alberto but they are an important club,” Franco Zavaglia told Italian Radio CRR.

"If Napoli considered Aquilani to be an important player, he would be open to negotiations.

"Aquilani to Napoli? I don't think it would be an easy negotiation but if the will is there why not?"

"If something was to come up he would be happy."

Either way, Liverpool will need to consider lowering their fee for Aquilani’s signature, as they hope to at least take some money out of the player they purchased for £20 million in 2009.

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