Milan Want Reds to Pay Off Aquilani
Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is the subject of some speculation in Italy. The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at AC Milan but failed to appear in the 25 Serie A games necessary for the deal to be made permanent, a move which saved Milan 8million euro (£6.8million).
Corriere dello Sport in Italy claims that Milan are still keen on Aquilani but they are hoping for Liverpool to cancel his contract so they won’t have to pay a fee. They are also hoping for Liverpool to pay him compensation to offset the lower salary Milan would pay him, a move which might also save Liverpool money if he doesn’t appear in the plans of new boss Brendan Rodgers. Meanwhile, TalkSport claim the Reds are ready to agree to a deal which will see Aquilani go to Milan for just £3million.
Aquilani has two years left on his five-year contract at Anfield. He moved to Liverpool from Roma in 2009 for 20million euro (then worth around £17million) and after three years of that deal he has a book value with the Reds of around £6.8million (two-fifths of £17million), a figure they would have to write off if they cancelled his contract. Corriere dello Sport estimate his wages at Liverpool at around 4million euro nett (equal to around £110,000-a-week gross). Italian media reports always state a players’ salary nett of taxes although £110,000 a week sounds high. The paper claims Milan are ready to offer him 2million euro a year nett (equal to £55,000 a week gross) and are hoping the compensation package from Liverpool will sweeten the deal and help push it through.
Aquilani has already rejected the advances of Milan’s Serie A rivals Fiorentina who are willing to offer him a pay deal worth 1million euro a year nett. He was linked with the club last summer prior to his loan deal with Milan.