According to Footylatest, Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo is a €6m target for Liverpool. The Italian midfielder’s contract with the Serie A club runs out in the summer of 2012 and is therefore likely to be offloaded due to his reluctance to sign a new deal.
AC Milan were heavily linked with a move for Montolivo last summer and it seemed they would capture him, until they opted against it at the last minute and signed Alberto Aquilani on loan from Liverpool instead.
Fiorentina are resigned to losing the 26 year-old midfielder and they would welcome a bidding war in January to recoup a transfer fee instead of seeing their captain depart on a free next summer.
It looks as if Liverpool are ready to become the first team to test Fiorentina’s resolve with a €6m offer. Liverpool are not short on midfielders after signing three last summer, but if anything, they are still missing a real creative spark in the middle and Montolivo could be the answer to that.
Montolivo, who has 30 caps for Italy, is known for his excellent passing range, but worryingly for Liverpool, he is in the similar mould of Alberto Aquilani. He is technically gifted and is very talented, but he hasn’t fulfilled that talent like many predicted he would.
But unlike Aquilani’s hefty price tag, Montolivo would be a lot cheaper and is therefore worth a gamble, but at such a small price Liverpool will face competition for his signature, most likely from other Italian clubs such as Inter Milan, Juventus or Roma.
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