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Liverpool Transfer News: Aquilani edges towards exit

805   //    27 Jul 2011, 14:26 IST

Aquilani-time to bid adieu

Alberto Aquilani is nearing his Anfield exit, after a deal was struck between the clubs according to the Italian’s agent.

Rumours are rife that the 27-year-old Italy international appears surplus to requirements at Anfield and has been linked with a season-long loan to La Viola for quite a while now.

Aquilani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia, has recently revealed that the deal now depends solely on Aqualani agreeing personal terms with Florentina.

“The agreement between Fiorentina and Alberto has not yet been reached,” Zavaglia told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “If we talk of an agreement,that was only reached between the two clubs, because Fiorentina did not come to any decision with us.”

Alberto Aquilani was signed by Rafael Benitez for a whopping sum of £18m from Italian giants AS Roma for his playmaking and passing skills. What Liverpool received was an injured horse with no wish left whatsoever for returning to the battlefield. The rare appearances he made for the Reds reaffirmed their plans of offloading him at the next station. With the arrival of Roy Hodgson, the playmaker was allowed to ply his trade for Old Turin Lady for a season-long loan with an option to buy him for £14m.

Aquaman had a successful last season at Juventus making an impressive 34 appearances, and had made his intentions clear to remain in Serie A. But after a string of positive performances, the Italian’s influence died down and so did the interest of Juventus in buying him.

With Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish not seeing the Italian as a part of his plans, it will be in the best interests of the Italian to seal to move back to native Italy, so as to bolster his chances of securing a berth in the national side.

Meanwhile, although after getting duly informed about the need to chop some of the dead wood from his squad before continuing his summer spending spree, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli continue to track a number of targets.

Liverpool’s pursuit for a long-term solution for the left-back position is still on with the likes of Alberto Pereira and Marcell Jansen being linked on a regular basis. The Reds have already bolstered their youth and reserve squads with signing pre-contract deals with young stalwarts Nacho and Bueno.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Reds owners may be pleased with the deal as they are in dire need to trim their burgeoning squad.

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