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Breaking: Juventus sign Aquilani on loan from Liverpool

25 Aug 2010, 20:34 IST

Liverpool have agreed to sell unsettled Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani on a season-long loan to Italian giants Juventus. The Italian becomes the seventh major signing for the Turin club in their bid to reach the summit of the Italian Serie A by dismantling Internazionale’s monopoly on the domestic title.

A statement from the club from northern Italy read, “Juventus announce that an agreement has been reached with Liverpool for the loan of Alberto Aquilani with the option to buy the player at the end of the season for 16 million euros (£14m),”

Aquilani was brought to Liverpool by Rafa Benitez

Aquilani was brought to Liverpool by Rafa Benitez

The past one year had been frustrating for Aquilani as the central midfielder had to battle with injuries since his arrival from AS Roma last season for a fee of around seventeen million pounds. Despite being highly rated by Liverpool’s former manager Rafael Benitez, Aquilani struggled to find first team place and was also overlooked by Marcelo Lippi for Italy’s ultimately dismal world cup campaign in South Africa.

Juventus have decided to provide a new life to the talented midfielder as new coach Luigi Del Neri hopes to build a new look side before the new season commences on August 28. After finishing a disappointing seventh last season the Old Lady of Turin begin their campaign on Sunday away to Bari and it is vital that the club keeps pace with the likes of champions Inter Milan, AC Milan and AS Roma right from the go.

Aquilani at AS Roma

Aquilani at AS Roma

Latest media reports suggest the club is also poised to buy Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale and sell forwards Diego to Wolfsburg and David Trezeguet to Spain’s Hercules. Juve have not commented on the reports, and Di Natale, last season’s Serie A top scorer, has said he is happy in Udine.

Aquilani, after an extended and exhaustive medical at Turin, has been drafted in with Juve lacking both numbers and quality in midfield after Denmark international Christian Poulsen left for Liverpool last week and Tiago rejoined Atletico Madrid on loan. Along with new Serbian acquisition Milos Krasic, Juve hope to qualify for the Champions League next season with Alberto Aquilani on the forefront of the plans not just for this season but for many seasons to come.

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