Merseyside club asked to up their bid for Italian international.
Alberto Aquilani looks set to be the sacrificial lamb in Roma’s transfer campaign, as talks continue with Liverpool over a £22m move.
Earlier this month Coach Luciano Spalletti confirmed his club needed to sell someone – preferably from midfield, where there is an abundance of players – to raise money for the transfer kitty.
Despite penning a new contract in June, Aquilani is set to be that figure, as he would receive the most money on the market.
Liverpool have made an offer of £18m, but the Giallorossi are holding out for £22m and negotiations are set to continue.
Rafa Benitez has picked the Italian as the ideal replacement for Xabi Alonso should the £30m sale to Real Madrid go through.
“We will certainly evaluate any firm offers that come in for Aquilani and consider them carefully,” added Spalletti from Roma’s pre-season training camp.
The Source: (Channel 4 Italia)
It appears the net is closing in on Alberto Aquilani as Roma boss Spalletti seems to make it clear that offers for the midfield maestro will be considered and as long as those offers are in the region of £22m then it seems the cash strapped club will have no choice but to sell.
Rafa Benitez appears to be getting ready for the very real possibility that Xabi Alonso will join Real Madrid just as long as the big spending Spanish giants meet Liverpool’s valuation of one of their prized assets. The Italian international is probably the best replacement thrown up by the transfer rumour mill and also looks the most likely to complete the switch if or indeed when the Bernabeu side stump up the cash.
It will be a sad end to the Anfield hero’s career but the player himself seems to have made it abundantly clear he wants to move back to his Spanish homeland.
Aquilani to Liverpool: Seems a very real possibility.