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Aquilani likely to stay at Juve - agent

March 22, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is ready to sign a permanent deal with Juventus when the transfer window opens, according to the player's agent.

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Former Reds boss Rafael Benitez signed Aquilani from AS Roma for £20 million in August 2009 but the Italy international struggled to establish himself at Anfield.

Aquilani, 26, was allowed to return to Serie A by ousted Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson last summer after just one injury-afflicted season in the Premier League and agent Franco Zavaglia claims his client wants to stay in Turin.

Liverpool are reportedly willing to sell the misfit midfielder, who has ruled out a return to his former club Roma, for around £14 million.

"On June 30 Juventus will be able to buy Aquilani and they should act now," Zavaglia told Italian broadcaster Radio Mana Mana.

"They could sign him by making three to four delayed payments, a system which was established last summer.

"The agreement between Liverpool and Juventus is already there, it all depends on the willingness of Juventus.

"I think Aquilani will stay at Juventus and there will not be any obstacles.''