Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

AC Milan have had contact with Liverpool over the Reds’ out-of-favour midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

The Italian pass-master is desperate to remain in Serie A after spending last season on loan with Juventus, but any hopes of joining the Bianconeri quickly fell through – Juventus opted to take Andrea Pirlo from Milan on a free transfer.

Fiorentina have been negotiating to try and take Aquilani, but the Italian’s wages have proven a stumbling block; while Liverpool are keen for a permanent deal for the former Roma man, La Viola would prefer a loan first, with no guarantee of a concrete move at the end of the season.

But while Aquilani’s agent has admitted that a move to Fiorentina is still possible, it is Milan who could sneak along and steal the 27-year-old.

Milan, on the lookout for a midfielder dubbed "Mister X" by the Italian press, are believed to have had contact with Liverpool over Aquilani and even suggested what the outline of any agreement could look like. Though whether Aquilani would be the infamous "Mister X" remains to be seen.

The Serie A champions would take Aquilani next season on loan, for free, but with the understanding that this would turn into a permanent deal automatically at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

Then Milan would pay Liverpool €2M every year for three seasons, equalling a total fee of €6M for the midfielder.

The player himself is also prepared to make a sacrifice in order to secure a move to the San Siro.

Currently Aquilani earns around €3.6M at Anfield, but Milan have been informed that the pass-master is prepared to lower this to €3M to oil the wheels of a deal.

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