Kenny Dalglish faces up to transfer dilemma

Alberto Aquilani

Liverpool’s midfielder Alberto Aquilani’s future has come under some doubt according to the player’s agent. The Italian star has been on loan at Juventus this season, but the first-option that the Italian giants had to sign the 27 year old expired on Sunday. It is believed that Juve are refusing to meet the asking price set by the Reds, opening the door for other clubs to pursue him. But could a return to the Reds be on the cards?

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has previously said that he would take Aquilani back into the fold – but no decision has yet been made. It should be noted that Roy Hodgson was the manager when Aquilana made the loan switch to Juventus – so the Italian may get a new lease of life under the new manager. The player himself may also feel that he has something to prove to Liverpool fans, because after making a £20m switch to Anfield from Roma, injuries and lack of fitness severely hindered that solitary season at Liverpool.

That all being said it appears that the player’s first choice would be to remain in his homeland and his agent Franco Zavaglia stated “Aquilana is a Liverpool player and will possibly return to England, but it is clear, that if there was an opportunity to stay in Italy he’d stay here.”

A strange statement in a way because the player is only currently on loan – so surely as things stands he will definitely return to Liverpool. Liverpool may have initially intended the loan to be with a view to a permanent transfer – but that situation seems to have fallen through. And if Liverpool continues to demand a high price for the player then he may have little choice but to return to England. Furthermore, Kenny Dalglish may decide that Aquilani is exactly the sort of player he needs in his midfield – but will have to ensure he is suited to Premier League football bearing in mind he has so far failed to impress. So should Liverpool give Aquilani the opportunity to return and prove his ability or accept that it would be better to sell him to an Italian club?

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