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The midfield maestro spent this past season on loan to AC Milan, on the heels of a previous loan spell at Juventus the season before.
This after never seeming to fit into the plans of neither Roy Hodgson nor Kenny Dalglish. Dalglish in particular seemed to deem him surplus to requirements in banishing him to Italy.
Milan held an option to make the loan permanent had the player made 25 appearances for the Serie A side.
By controlling the number of appearances the player could make however, Milan held the upper hand in determining whether the trigger requirement would ever take effect. It has now become painfully clear that their sole interest is in renegotiating the deal and nothing more.
They can still make the transfer permanent at the agreed price of £6 million before May 31, but don’t expect that to happen. Club Vice-president, Adriano Galliani has even pointedly stated:
"We will not use our option to buy Aquilani before May 31. We will re-open talks with Liverpool in June, though."
Before being sacked, Dalglish seemed to imply that the door would be open for Aquilani’s return to Liverpool. The club certainly could have used his impressive talents this past campaign. As for the future however, it remains to be seen just where a new manager would rate his potential.