Player’s agent believes Anfield man will definitely move to Juventus.
Alberto Aquilani’s agent Franco Zavaglia has moved to quell the belief that his client’s future with Juventus is a complicated affair, insisting that the Italian club simply have to stump up the requisite fee for the Liverpool loanee.
Aquilani’s future has long been in doubt, with the Turin club so far failing to offer the player a permanent contract and allegedly stalling negotiations with the Premier League side in order to reduce their asking price.
Zavaglia told Italian radio station Mana Mana that the player’s future was entirely in the hands of the Juventus board and that all the details had been arranged.
He said: “The agreement is, by June 30, Juventus will have to pay €16 million [£13.9m], established in the summer. There is an expiration date, everything is organised.
“Only the Juventus team can lose. What has been done does not provide for further negotiations.”
Zavaglia appeared confident Aquilani would stay in Italy and with all probability sign on with the beleaguered Turin outfit, but he refused to rule out a return to his hometown club, Roma.
“[Aquilani] will stay at Juventus,” he stated. “I believe there are no obstacles in this regard. Aquilani is not a player to be put into question.
“Juventus has a right of first refusal. I do not think [a return to Roma] is possible, but in football nothing is obvious.”
Right player, wrong time? There is no doubting Alberto Aquilani is a high quality player but it seems he arrived at Anfield at exactly the wrong time. Purchased whilst still injured and then left twiddling his thumbs on the bench by Rafa Benitez, which was odd given the Spaniard had paid a hefty chunk of change for the Roma midfielder.
The 26 year old Italian has done well at Juventus even though the Turin side are struggling to recapture their glory and indeed he has also worked his way back into the international set-up and has made it clear he wants to stay in Serie A.
Kenny Dalglish will want to make sure the club gets what they feel the player is worth from Juventus and it seems that given the up turn in form from the likes of Raul Meireles and Lucas, a place in the Liverpool first team may have been a bit of a problem anyway, especially as Steven Gerrard would obviously also take a creative role in the club’s midfield set-up.