Sunday, 21st August, 2011

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani looks to be moving closer towards exiting Anfield for AC Milan.

Aquilani is keen to leave Kenny Dalglish’s side and looks unlikely to enjoy much first team football if he remains on Merseyside.

The former Roma star would like to return to Serie A on a permanent basis, but has accepted of late that another loan spell would be preferable to staying with Liverpool if this cannot be arranged.

AC Milan look likely to grant Aquilani’s wish, although whether an agreement will take the form of a loan or permanent move remains unclear.

And in a sign of how a deal may well be imminent, Aquilani has been quoted as saying: "I am close to Milan."

The cultured Italian midfielder’s future at Liverpool has looked bleak since Dalglish swooped to bring in Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson this summer, all three featuring in the 2-0 win over Arsenal yesterday.

Aquilani excelled last season on loan at Juventus, but was priced out of a switch to Turin. Fiorentina also showed serious interest, but the midfielder’s wage demands made a move to La Viola a complicated one.

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