Various media outlets are today reporting that Alberto Aquilani is close to agreeing terms with Serie A club Fiorentina after Liverpool accepted a bid that included a £900, 000 loan fee, which gives the Italians the option of making the deal permanent for just £9 million.
Aquilani's agent, Franco Zavaglia, says that an agreement between the two clubs has been reached, but his client is yet to accept personal terms.
“The agreement between Fiorentina and Alberto has not yet been reached," he told La Gazetta Dello Sport. “If we talk about an agreement, that was only reached between the two clubs, because Fiorentina have not come to any decision.”
Aquilani arrived on the Merseyside back in 2009 for a fee of £17 million only to be loaned out to Juventus a season later after constant injury problems. But when fit, Aquilani has shown a huge amount of creative talent and with work and could become one of the world's finest midfielders if he can overcome his fitness issues.
But is it worth the gamble for a side like Liverpool that can already boast an impressive array of quality midfielders? Maybe not.
While I like the Italian, I feel that getting rid of him is the best way for both player and club to move forward. If they can get a decent fee for him, that is.
Despite these fresh new headlines coming out of the press in the past few days, I have an inkling that the Aquilani transfer saga will continue right up until the very last day of the transfer window.
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