Xabi replacement signs on the dotted line!
Liverpool FC today confirmed they have agreed a deal with AS Roma for the transfer of Italian international Alberto Aquilani, subject to a medical.
Liverpool concluded their discussions with Roma once the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid was finally agreed.
Aquilani, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday, is expected to feature heavily for Italy in next year’s World Cup finals.
Rafa Benitez said: “Alberto is a very good player and I’m delighted we’ve reached agreement with Roma for his transfer. He will travel to Merseyside later this week for a medical. Alberto has a winning mentality and great experience in both Serie A and the Champions League.
“He has long been recognised as a top class talent in Italy, captaining his country at both Under 19 and Under 21 levels before establishing himself in the senior national side.” (Official Liverpool Website)
So there you have it, some will be pleased by this deal and others will hope to be proved wrong about the Italian international. The main thing is, Rafa whirled into action and has secured the Roma man and that’s a good sign. Also, he is miles better than Gareth Barry, so remember just what could have happened last summer!