Stadium of Light boss wants Anfield Italian.
Reports out of Italy are linking Sunderland with a sensational move for Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani.
Aquilani has only just returned to Anfield after a loan period in Italy with Juventus and while it was thought that a permanent deal was in the pipeline, nothing materialised. Aquilani has since returned to Anfield, however that has not stopped the speculation.
Sunderland have been a little busy recently and their spending spree does not look like it is stopping any time soon and the Black Cats are reportedly confident of springing a surprise and securing Aquilani’s signature.
Steve Bruce has had one hell of a busy summer thus far and whilst it would be tough to bet against the Sunderland boss adding to the nine players he has already purchased, would Italian international Alberto Aquilani be interested in a move to the North-East?
The Italian international had a good season out on loan to Juventus and the 27 year old seemed keen to stay in Serie A but the Turin side were unwilling to stump up the cash needed to make the temporary move a permanent one. Sunderland and Liverpool have of course had dealings with each other this summer with England Under 21 international Jordan Henderson heading to Anfield last month.
Dalglish appears more than willing to sell Aquilani but would surely also be happy to keep the former Roma man if no offers of note are forthcoming. The upturn in form shown by the likes of Lucas, Raul Meireles and the signings of Henderson and Charlie Adam clearly further limit the chances of the Italian breaking into the first team and therefore whilst the midfielder is back in training it is fairly likely he could be on his way from the Merseyside club before the new season kicks off.
Aquilani is now back in the Italian national team picture and therefore knows that he needs regular first team football to remain in Cesare Parandelli’s thoughts but would a move to the Black Cats appeal?
Bruce has already nabbed Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Sebastian Larsson, Wes Brown, John O’Shea and David Vaughan this summer.