Thursday, 16th June, 2011

Liverpool have dropped their asking price for Alberto Aquilani in a bid to move the Italian on from the club.

The out-of-favour midfielder spent last season on loan at Serie A side Juventus, but the Bianconeri baulked at the prospect of paying a previously agreed sum of €16M for his services at the end of the season. With Juventus moving for Andrea Pirlo, who arrived on a free transfer from AC Milan, pressure to sign Aquilani eased in Turin.

And Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has been left with a player most firmly not in his plans as he looks to reinvent the Reds as a side with a British core.

It therefore comes as little surprise to hear confirmation from Aquilani’s agent that the Premier League side have dropped their asking price.

"Last summer we established that Juventus could sign him on a permanent deal for €16M", explained Aquilani’s agent Franco Zavaglia to Sportitalia.

"About two weeks ago, when I went to England, his asking price had gone down to €9M-10M. At that time we did not know [Antonio] Conte was going to be the new coach of Juventus."

Zavaglia also explained talk of a move to AC Milan for his client has not yet seen any concrete interest from the Rossoneri emerge, but he is working overtime to extract Aquilani from Anfield.

"There has been no contact with AC Milan. I am working to help him to leave Liverpool."

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