Aquilani close to triggering permanent move to Milan

Alberto Aquilani – remember him – says he is hopeful he will remain at AC Milan when his loan deal expires this summer.

Aquilani, 27, is officially still a Liverpool player having signed a season-long loan deal with the Italian side in August, just days after Liverpool owner John Henry had tweeted to say he wouldn’t be sold.

The former Roma midfielder, who spent last season at Juventus, has a clause in his contract that will be triggered after 25 games to make the deal permanent for a fee reported to be around £5m.

He has currently made 22 appearances for the Rossoneri and thus is expected to trigger that clause.

Speaking to Milan’s own tv channel, Aquilani said;

“Putting on Milan’s shirt forces you to win. Milan are at the top in Italy and Europe and you realise that right after you enter Milanello [training ground] .

“I hope I can stay at the club after this season, but I am not sure that this will happen.

“I saw that there was an opportunity to join Milan last summer and in the end my hopes were rewarded.”

Aquilani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia told earlier this week;

“As it was agreed, a permanent deal will automatically be struck once he makes 25 appearances.”

“I do not think that Milan will pass up on Aquilani. There is no problem about this, a permanent deal is something we all expect.”

Aquilani joined Liverpool from Roma for £17m in 2009.

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