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Juve won't pay asking price for Aquilani

May 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Alberto Aquilani's permanent move to Juventus could be in doubt after the Italian club's general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, said they would not pay Liverpool's asking price of £16 million.

Alberto Aquilani has rediscovered his form after a fruitless spell with Liverpool
GettyImagesAlberto Aquilani's reported £70,000-a-week wages could prove too much for Fiorentina

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Italy international Aquilani joined Liverpool from Roma for £17 million in the summer of 2009 but failed to make an impact at Anfield and was shipped out to Juventus on loan.

The 26-year-old has been a success in Turin and both player and club are eager to convert the season-long loan into a permanent deal.

However, Marotta said the club would not be prepared to pay the £16 million fee agreed with Liverpool when the loan move was put in place.

"There is a buy-out clause that has to be activated by May 15," Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. "We'll try to reach an agreement before the deadline. I can certainly say we will not sign Aquilani for the sum set by Liverpool."

Last month, Aquilani told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I would like to stay in Turin for a long time and win a lot."