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Liverpool Target Set for £17m Roma Departure

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Football - AS Roma Press Conference

The Rumour

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has declared he’s ready to sell Liverpool target Alberto Aquilani.

Liverpool see Aquilani as a potential replacement for Xabi Alonso, should the Spaniard make the move to Real Madrid this summer.

Spalletti said: “We have been quite expert in recent years following the departures of a number of our top players, and we have always managed to reorganise ourselves well. We would love to bring Aquilani back to the levels that he has shown he can reach, but there are a number of clubs interested in his services.

“If he should find a solution that is good for him and less so for the club, then a move is unlikely to go ahead. Either way the challenge remains the same as we look to regroup and compete on the same level as the top sides in Europe.”

The Source: (tribalfootball.com)

The Analysis

Depending on what paper you read or indeed what website you visit this speculation has been described variously as Ill informed to plausible and at times the Serie A club’s own chairman has claimed that this is a non-story. However here we have Roma’s manager seemingly making it clear that a deal could be struck to sell Alberto Aquilani, so what should we believe?

Xabi Alonso’s future at Liverpool seems a little more stable simply because as each day passes it appears more likely he is happy to stay or simply that Real Madrid are refusing to up their offer and clearly the Spaniard’s situation greatly affects any chance of a deal to sign the Italian.

Either way the Stadio Olimpico side needs money and that is what most fuels this story. It seems that they need to sell at least one major player to balance the books and make up for the fact that they failed to qualify for the Champions League, right now the two players most likely to help ease their financial worries are Aquilani and Mirko Vucinic who coincidentally also seems to be linked with a move to Anfield, although I believe that move is pure paper talk where as this one has a little more meat on the bone.

The Likelihood

Aquilani to Liverpool: This rumour will not go away until Alonso’s own future is decided.

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