Stamford Bridge boss wants Anfield midfielder.
Chelsea are to attempt to sign Alberto Aquilani from Liverpool, with Andre Villas reportedly growing increasingly unsure about spending £40m on Luka Modric.
Quite understandably, Aquilani wants his future resolved on a permanent basis, so whether Liverpool would accept the offer remains unclear.
However, Villas Boas is looking to alter Chelsea’s style of play to a more fluid passing game – rather than the physically dominant, direct attack they currently employ.
Though given little chance to impress on Merseyside, Aquilani has still proven his capability in fitting in with that methodology.
Furthermore, concerns over his fitness would be allayed with either Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard or Jon Obi Mikel alongside him.
Michael Essien, of course, is out of action until next year with a cruciate knee ligament injury, but Josh McEachran has stepped up to the plate nicely.
Chelsea are yet to really start spending this summer and given that usually Roman Abramovich doesn’t need much persuading to open up his wallet and the fact that new manager Andre Villas-Boas will want to put his stamp on his Stamford Bridge squad, it is surely only a matter of time before some big money is spent, but could such spending really include a move for this Liverpool midfielder?
Kenny Dalglish will probably consider offers of around £12-15m for Alberto Aquilani, a fee that Juventus were unwilling to pay but other Serie A sides appear interested in considering but the Anfield boss may think twice about selling any of his squad to a Premier League rival.
Liverpool have spent over £100m on new players in 2011 and will need to balance the books. Whilst they did of course receive £50m from the West London side for Fernando Torres there is still a sense that Dalglish will want to trim his squad and the vast amount of midfielders he now have to call upon.
The Scot has Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Lucas, Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Jay Spearing, Christian Poulsen and Aquilani are all vying for essentially a maximum of four spots, clearly something has got to give.
Jovanovic is said to be close to a move to Anderlecht but offers have not been forthcoming for other players that Dalglish may consider surplus to requirements, but still a move to sell the Italian international to Chelsea seem slim.
Aquilani himself would of course jump at the chance of a move to any club that can offer him the regular first team football he needs to maintain his presence in the national team set-up. Indeed his good solid form whilst on loan to Juventus last season helped get him back on Cesare Prandelli’s radar.
Liverpool will want to recoup the lion’s share of the £20m they paid Roma for Aquilani two years ago.
Chelsea are also strongly linked with big money moves for Javier Pastore and Kaka, both of whom reportedly interest cash rich PSG.