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Comolli’s £12m Bender-liga Mission Signals Sorry Exit For Failed Italian

According to reports in Germany, Liverpool have been scouting Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender which could signal the inevitable end to Alberto Aqualani’s failed career at Anfield.

After watching the 22 year-old German perform for Leverkusen on a number of occasions Damien Comolli, Liverpool’s Director of Football, reported back to Reds boss, Kenny Dalglish, impressed with what he saw. The youngster is currently in his third season with the Bundesliga side following his move from 1860 Munich and has become their prized asset after securing first-team status. Bender, who’s contract with Leverkusen runs till 2014, has also broke into the German national team collecting 3 senior appearances.

It is thought Dalglish could make an offer for the £12m rated midfielder in January but may wait until the summer when Alberto Aqualani is expected to leave Anfield. The Italian midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at AC Milan having been told he wouldn’t figure in Dalglish’s plans. After impressing for the Rossoneri, Aqualani looks set to make his loan move permanent with Milan having the option of buying the 27 year-old next summer when the loan expires.

“We can without doubt consider Milan activating the buy-out clause to be a pure formality, especially as he’ll soon reach the written parameters set by Milan and Liverpool,” Aqualani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia told ItaSport. “Alberto is doing well and I think this is clear for all to see.”

Former Liverpool boss, Rafa Benitez signed Aqualani for a reported £17m from Roma in 2009 in an attempt to replace Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso who moved to Real Madrid. Aqualani never reached the heights that were expected of him at Anfield and his exit looks inevitable, but how much will King Kenny recoup?

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