Alberto Aquilani Could Head Back to Juventus on a Permanent Deal After All

Adrian AgiusAnalyst IAugust 2, 2011

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 16:  Alberto Aquilani of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and AS Bari at Olimpico Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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After Alberto Aquilani's loan deal with Juventus expired, the Italian headed back to Liverpool where he remains to this day. However, a packed Liverpool midfield, combined with interest in Italy for Aquilani, could see the former Roma star sold permanently.

A Goal.com report suggested that AC Milan were front-runners in the hunt for Aquilani. With the transfer of Andrea Pirlo to Juventus, Alberto would serve as the perfect replacement, demonstrating his ability to control the midfield whilst in the black and white stripes.

Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said when asked about Aquilani, "He’s a midfielder with the characteristics that we are looking for so, like with other players in his role, he could be of interest."

However he also hinted that perhaps Milan would not be able to afford his services, and that they may have given up hope of signing the Italian: "His wage is impossible for an Italian club."

But in a dramatic turn of events Juventus could be back in the hunt to reclaim Aquilani, this time with a permanent deal. There was much speculation that Aquilani would join Juventus at the conclusion of last season after proving to be one of the best Bianconeri on the pitch. Yet a high asking price from Liverpool deterred any Juventus interest.

Goal.com suggests that a formation change could see Aquilani be the perfect addition to the squad. A 4-3-3 approach with Arturo Vidal, Pirlo and Aquilani may just be the link up between defence and attack that has been missing from Juventus in past years.

A fee as low as €6 million could be the agreed price, which is certainly a step down from the €16 million previously wanted.