Serie A sides fight it out to sign Anfield man.
Juventus have revealed they will not sign Alberto Aquilani for the fee wanted by Liverpool.
Aquilani has spent the entire season on loan at Juve after failing to establish himself at Anfield.
The 26-year-old has impressed during his stint with the Italian club keen to make the move a permanent deal.
However, Juve sporting director Giuseppe Marotta insists they will not pay the reported £16million required to land the former Roma star.
“There is a buy-out clause that has to be activated by May 15,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“We’ll try to reach an agreement before the deadline. I can certainly say we will not sign Aquilani for the sum set by Liverpool.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Alberto Aquilani has become a much sought after purchase following a very consistent season at Juventus but for some reason the Turin side is unwilling to meet a seemingly fair valuation placed on the 26 year old, which may let AC Milan in as many sources have stated that Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri is interested in signing the former Roma man.
Aquilani’s time at Anfield seemed doomed from the outset. Rafa Benitez signed the Italian international for a big fee knowing that he was still some way off recovering from injury, when he was fit the former Liverpool boss seemed unwilling to give him a run in the team, which was odd to say the least.
Given the resurgence of the likes of Lucas, Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt since Kenny Dalglish’s arrival, there is less of a need to bring the talented midfielder back to the club, not least because the Rome born star clearly wants to stay in his native Italy.
Now that Liverpool have new owners on board and money does not appear to be an issue, Dalglish can hold out on the club’s initial valuation and wait for someone to meet the asking price. Juventus currently lie in seventh spot and may well miss out on European football all together whereas AC Milan are one point away from sealing their first Serie A title for six years.