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Liverpool refuse to budge over £11m fee

Liverpool's Alberto AquilaniLiverpool have told Juventus that they will not be able to make Alberto Aquilani’s loan deal permanent for cheap – according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Reports last week claimed that Juventus had no intention of paying the entirety of his initial fee, and needed to renegotiate the £10million buy-out clause should he join the Turin giants in the summer, as they suggested that a mere £5million would suffice to acquire the Italian’s services.

Aquilani joined the Reds for £17m plus bonuses two summers ago, yet failed to make his impact on Merseyside following a string of lengthy injuries. However, the 26-year-old carried a large weight on his shoulders with Rafa Benitez confirming that he was a replacement for the £30m departure of Xabi Alonso.

Although with new manager Kenny Dalglish back at the helm, Aquilani could be subject to a disfavoured return to Liverpool but previously revealed his concern over his high transfer fee and problematic £85,000-a-week wages.

“There is a loan where they [Juventus] have a right, but it is a very high option. In football today the option to buy me is a high one, and so I know it will not be easy,” said Aquilani, according to Sky Sport Italia.

“I knew coming here would not be easy, but I am tranquil, and I don’t want to think about it, I have never thought about it.

“I want to end the year by giving everything as [Juventus] gave me the chance to come back to Italy and play an important role in the team.”

Beppe Marrota, Juve’s general manager, told the Daily Mail of Aquilani’s need to maintain professional composure.

‘Aquilani must remain calm. We believe in him and he has shown he deserves to be at Juve.’

It has been reported that Liverpool will only consider listening to offers around the £11million mark.

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