Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani will definitely play at Anfield next season, his agent said on Thursday.The Italian spent last season on-loan at Juventus, but the Serie A club were reluctant to use their option to sign him permanently.
Recent reports have linked the 27-year-old to Fiorentina, but Aquilani’s agent Franco Zavaglia said he would remain with Kenny Dalglish’s English Premier League outfit.
“Aquilani will certainly stay at Liverpool,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport.
“Alberto has recovered from his ankle problem. He’s back in the international set-up and has the characteristics needed to do well in the Premier League.”
“He’s in pre-season training with Liverpool and has played in all of the team’s summer tour games so far.”
Aquilani had been linked to Fiorentina as midfielder Riccardo Montolivo continues to be tipped to join Serie A champions AC Milan.
In other Premier League news, Manchester City could sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi unless the Italian club offers him a new deal.
The midfielder’s current deal expires next year and Roma run the risk of losing him on a free transfer unless he receives a substantial pay rise and a clear outline of new owner Thomas DiBenedetto’s future plans for the club.
The Eastlands club are ready to put together a 23 million euro deal to secure De Rossi’s signature and can also significantly bump up his wages.
De Rossi would agree to sign a contract extension with Roma should he receive the certainties he craves and the club are believed to have offered to increase the Italy international’s wage from four million euros to six million euros per year.
Elsewhere, Benfica have announced the signing of Villarreal defender Joan Capdevila on their official website.
The World Cup-winning defender has signed a two-year deal with Jorge Jesus’ men, with a 20 euro million release clause inserted into the contract.
Capdevila has won 59 caps for Spain, scoring four goals since making his debut in 2002 and he played every minute of his nation’s triumphant World Cup campaign last year.
The left-back has enjoyed spells with Atletico Madrid, Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna before joining Villarreal in 2007.
Santos midfielder Ganso has revealed he only wants to play for AC Milan once his current club eventually decides what to do with him.
The 21-year-old Brazil international has been strongly tipped to join Milan, who are yet to make a formal offer.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Ganso has already told Milan defender Thiago Silva of his ambition to join him at San Siro.
“I only want Milan and I am ready to wait,” Ganso reportedly told Silva.