As Benitez appears to concede defeat where Xabi is concerned, he looks to high class Italian to fill the midfield void!
Cash-strapped Roma are bracing themselves for a bid from Liverpool for star midfielder Alberto Aquilani.
La Repubblica says Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez sees Aquilani as an ideal replacement for want-away midfield schemer Xabi Alonso.
Roma officials are convinced Liverpool will make their offer either tomorrow or Thursday and know they have little room to maneuver given the club’s cashflow problems.
An offer in the region of £18 million from Liverpool will be enough to land Aquilani.
The Source: (La Repubblica as reported on tribalfootball.com)
I am pretty sure no Liverpool fans want to see Xabi Alonso leave the club but is looking increasingly likely that this may well happen in the next few weeks and as a result many potential replacements have been highlighted by the media and this latest one would be a pretty good like for like stand in for the Spaniard.
The 25 year old Italian international has been a mainstay of the Roma midfield for a number of years and has been at the Stadio Olimipico since he was 15, and even though he only just signed a long term contract, ironically to keep him from leaving the club, it appears that Rafa is very much interested in signing the intelligent midfielder.
Luciano Spalletti will struggle to keep Aquilani given the fact that the Rome outfit are so far off the leading pack in Serie A, they finished 21 points short of Inter last season, and also missed out on a Champions League berth and it could therefore be hard to persuade the local born lad that he can fulfill his potential at a side who seem to be moving backwards.
Aquilani to Liverpool: Would be an ideal replacement and the price seems about right.