Anfield boss to use Italian to help land White Hart Lane target.
Liverpool will offer Alberto Aquilani as bait to tempt Totttenham into selling Aaron Lennon.
The Reds are keen to add to their wide options this summer in a bid to bring the best out of £35m striker Andy Carroll. Lennon has emerged as their number one target in this area with his phenomenal pace offering the mouth-watering prospect of lightning counter attacks in combination with crowd favourite Luis Suarez.
Lennon is believed to have had a series of disagreements with manager Harry Redknapp last season with their relationship at breaking point despite his regular selection at the end of the campaign. Spurs are not averse to selling the England international but will ensure they get a proper fee in return.
Liverpool have already made tentative enquiries with the possibility of making a £20m bid but with Luka Modric the subject of Chelsea’s interest, they will now offer unwanted midfielder Aquilani as a ready made replacement for the Croat along with £8m.
Given that Juventus steadfastly refuse to pay the asking price for Alberto Aquilani, after the Italian’s solid season on loan at the Turin club last term, it seems that the midfielder is on his way back to Anfield but perhaps he will then in turn be offered to help secure alternative targets? Kenny Dalglish doesn’t appear to see the 26 year old former Roma man as part of his long term plans so it does therefore make sense to use the player as bait where possible.
Aquilani’s time on Merseyside has seemed doomed from the outset. Signed for a large fee whilst injured only to be ignored by Rafa Benitez when fully fit, you would be forgiven for thinking that Alberto was never really wanted by the Premier League side.
However the midfielder is back in form now and part of the Italian national team set-up and perhaps Harry Redknapp would be keen on his services? Aaron Lennon and the Tottenham boss fell out towards the end of last season after the winger pulled out of the huge Champions League encounter with Real Madrid, the England international then felt he was used as a scapegoat for the 4-0 defeat at the Bernabeu and even showed his displeasure via his Twitter account.
Director of football Damien Comolli knows Lennon well from his time at the North London club and perhaps his involvement could help push some sort of deal through. Liverpool have already snapped up promising young Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson and Dalglish has his eyes on further additions and clearly the club’s board are more than willing to finance such signings, having paid big money for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll back in January.
Liverpool could well do with natural winger purchases having used the likes of Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Milan Jovanovic and Joe Cole with varying degrees of success and failure. Stewart Downing, Charles N’Zogbia and Juan Mata have all been mooted as targets as Dalglish looks to bring in old fashioned wide players but perhaps Lennon’s frightening pace and direct style is now on the club’s scouting radar.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has his hands full trying to keep his top performers from being tempted by sides who can offer Champions League football and the fight is on to keep Gareth Bale and Luka Modric from the grasp of Chelsea and Man City.
The White Hart Lane manager has been told he must sell before he can buy but is hoping to balance any prospective additions by selling off some of his expansive squad and is looking to sell squad players such as David Bentley, Robbie Keane, Niko Kranjcar, Sebastien Bassong, Giovani dos Santos, Alan Hutton and Wilson Palacios.