Juve won’t pay £16m asking price for Aquilani

Juventus’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta says the Italian side will not pay the agreed price of £16m for Alberto Aquilani.

The midfielder is currently on a season loan to the Serie A side, with the pre-arranged fee needing to be activated by May 15th in order to make the deal permanent.

“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.”

The 26 year old Italian international joined Liverpool from Roma in 2009 for a fee of around £17m but struggled with injuries in his first season before being loaned out by ex-boss Roy Hodgson last summer. Hodgson brought in Christian Poulsen from Juve instead, a player who appears to have no future at Anfield under new boss Kenny Dalglish.

Aquilani has expressed a desire to remain in Italy, but Liverpool boss Dalglish has also said he is open to the idea of the player returning to Merseyside.