Liverpool are seemingly set to complete a sixth high-profile signing of the summer with the acquisition of Sebastian Coates, while Alberto Aquilani has final secured passage out of Anfield, albeit only on loan.
Coates is expected to complete a £7 million move to Merseyside in the coming days, with admirers of the 20-year-old suggesting the Reds have managed to pull off a very shrewd piece of business indeed.
The Uruguayan centre-back was an integral member of his country's triumphant Copa America campaign earlier this summer, and will join compatriot Luis Suarez at Liverpool.
Coates has already bid an emotional farewell to his current employers - Paraguayan outfit Nacional - as he embarks on a career in England.
“For the fans I can only give words of gratitude, they have always treated me fantastically and supported me in the hardest times,” said Coates.
“I will wear the Nacional jersey again, however, and I hope when this happens I get the same great backing.”
Aquilani, meanwhile, will join AC Milan for the until the end of the season, having previously spent the last campaign on loan with Juventus.
The Italian midfielder joined Liverpool from Roma for £17 million in 2009, but has failed to make a lasting impression at Anfield.
Aquilani will now have the opportunity to prove his worth in Serie A once more, with Milan retaining the option to secure the permanent signature of the 27-year-old.
"I want to pay tribute to the way Alberto has conducted himself during these discussions," said Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli.
"Throughout the entire process, his only desire has been to play football and he has put this ahead of any other considerations and at personal cost to himself. We wish him well for the season ahead."
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