Anfield boss will not be impressed by San Siro side’s bid.
AC Milan unwilling to spend more than £5.2 million to buy Alberto Aquilani from Liverpool – report
Serie A champions are still seeking to strengthen their midfield but their budget may not extend far enough to prise the Italian international midfielder away from Anfield
AC Milan are keen not to let Liverpool’s Alberto Aquilani slip through their fingers, but they are reportedly unwilling to meet the €10 million (£8.7m) asking price set by the Anfield outfit.
On Friday Aquilani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia, left the door to the San Siro open after he said a move there should not be excluded.
And La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Milan have revived the embers of interest in the 27-year-old midifielder, who scored the winner in Italy’s 2-1 win over Spain on Wednesday.
However, CEO Adriano Galliani is not keen on spending more than €6m (£5.2m) for the Italy ace. Liverpool are believed to be holding out for at least €10m, but budgetary contraints are preventing Milan from paying that amount.
In today’s market an offer of £5.2m for an Italian international is an insult and whether AC Milan can afford any more an offer as low as that will surely be given short shrift by Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish. Remember Alberto Aquilani cost the Merseyside club £20m two years ago, although admittedly that fee was made up of various increments that were never hit.
AC Milan have managed to bring in a number of players this summer and as the reigning Serie A title holders and with a Champions League campaign ahead of them, so the idea that there budget doesn’t cover a fee any higher than £5.2m is frankly laughable.
Dalglish will be keen to accept a decent offer for the Italian as Aquilani wants regular first team football and is unlikely to get that at Liverpool since the club has the likes of Jordan Henderson, Raul Meireles, Lucas, Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam and a host of others battling for midfield places.