Anfield man set to complete San Siro move.
Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is close to completing a permanent move to loan side AC Milan, according to the player’s agent.
The Italy international joined the Serie A champions on a season-long deal last summer, and his representative, Franco Zavaglia, says he will be a ‘Milan player in all respects’ once he has made five more appearances for the club.
Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb.com, Zavaglia said: “It’s all written in the contract.
“Once Alberto has made 25 appearances [he has already made 20] for the Rossoneri, he will be a Milan player in all respects.”
Aquilani is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, but Zavaglia believes the midfielder will return to full fitness next month.
“He’s progressing very well – I hope he can return in mid-March,” he added.
The 27-year-old joined Liverpool from Roma for £20m in the summer of 2009, but a succession of injuries and the arrival of several new midfielders prevented him from establishing himself as a first-team fixture at Anfield.
There must be a nagging regret with both the Liverpool hierarchy and Anfield supporters that things didn’t quite work out with Alberto Aquilani. The Italian international was purchased whilst injured, never a good idea, and was therefore always playing catch up and though the Merseyside club have a number of central midfield options one wonders if the the 27 year old former Roma man would make it into Kenny Dalglish’s starting eleven.
Though Aquilani cost Liverpool £20m a large portion of that fee remains unpaid as there were incremental clauses that have never been reached, perhaps this is why the midfielder has spent the last couple of seasons out on loan.
There is no doubting Aquilani’s pedigree and the soon to be AC Milan man will almost certainly be on his way to the Euro 2012 finals, but under Rafa Benitez his time was marred by a lack of confidence shown in his ability, by the man who opted to bring him to the club in the first place, very odd.
Aquilani has helped his side to the top of Serie A, where they face a real dogfight with the side the Liverpool man was on loan at last term, Juventus, for the title.
Liverpool brought in the likes of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson in the summer to boost their midfield options, though one could argue that Aquilani is as effective, if not more so, than the Scottish and English internationals.