Friday, 3rd August, 2012
Liverpool have officially confirmed the departure of Alberto Aquilani to Fiorentina.
The former Roma midfielder joined the Merseyside giants in 2009 and was earmarked as a replacement for Xabi Alonso.
However, injuries affected his initial campaign, and when manager Rafael Benitez was sacked in 2010, the Spaniard’s successor Roy Hodgson sent Aquilani to Juventus on a season-long loan as the drive to cut costs intensified.
The Bianconeri opted not to keep the midfielder on a permanent basis, deeming him too expensive, but Kenny Dalglish, now a new face in the Liverpool dugout, chose to bring in Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam to bolster the centre of the park – Aquilani was again loaned, this time to AC Milan.
Despite playing 25 times for the Rossoneri last season, Aquilani did not hit a prior agreed figure of appearances to turn that arrangement into a permanent one.
Now the midfielder, who has won 21 caps for Italy, has joined Fiorentina on a permanent three-year contract.
Liverpool are believed to be subsidising the player’s salary shortfall by paying €2.5M for the next two years towards his wages at La Viola.
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