According to The Metro, Alberto Aquilani is being considered for a surprise move to Manchester City in this summer’s transfer window in a cut-price deal.
The 27-year-old Italian is due to return to Liverpool in the summer, after AC Milan decided against taking up the option to sign him with the player 6 games short of activating an automatic £5million permanent deal.
Aquilani also failed to secure a permanent transfer away from Anfield last season when on loan at Juventus, with the club deciding he wasn’t worth the reported outlay.
Having being signed for £17million to replace the outgoing Xabi Alonso in 2009, the former Italy international failed to make an impact in the Premier League after being unsuccessful in his attempts to show the qualities he frequently used whilst at Roma. It is now thought Aquilani is available for as little as £4million as Liverpool look to end the players’ tenure at the club.
This is reported to have caught the eye of Man City manager Roberto Mancini, who is looking to add depth to his midfield in the summer as he prepares for the challenge of retaining the Premier League trophy, along with attempts to make an impact in the Champions League.
With Owen Hargreaves set to leave the club and David Pizzaro’s loan expiring, the option of signing a player who has been capped 21 times for an international side with such stature as Italy shouldn’t be frowned upon. However it is unlikely any concrete offers will come in for the player from Manchester City this summer – Aquilani himself seems to be trying to forge a move away from England as quickly as he can.
It remains to be seen who takes over the hot seat at Liverpool this summer but in their current circumstances, it may be wise to actually keep hold of the player and attempt to utilize his qualities once more instead of allowing a cut-price deal to be made.
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