Aquilani heading back to Italy

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani looks set to return to Italy for another loan spell, this time with Serie A side Fiorentina.

The Italian spent last season with Juventus, but the Bianconeri opted not to take up an option to make the move complete for a reported fee of £14m.

Aquilani, 27, signed for Liverpool from Roma for £17m in 2009, as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, but his first season was interrupted by injuries and last summer then-manager Roy Hodgson decided to loan out the creative midfielder, instead purchasing the pedestrian Christian Poulsen.

There had been suggestions Aquilani would remain at Anfield this season, especially after some promising performances thus far in pre-season and some positive comments from owner John W. Henry on Twitter.

A season long loan move to La Viola looks imminent – with Liverpool’s squad already bloated by midfielders following the arrivals of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing this summer.

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