Liverpool news – Viola in for Aquilani, Bruna exit, Fergie expects Reds challenge

Viola in for Aquilani.

Fiorentina are the latest Serie A club to be contemplating a move for Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani, according to La Repubblica.

The Italian endured a torrid debut season at Anfield but found some form and fitness following last season’s loan spell with Juventus.

La Viola are joined by AC Milan, Napoli and Udinese as admirers of the 27-year-old but none of them appear keen on paying Liverpool’s £13m asking price.

The Kop club need to streamline their squad and recoup funds following a summer spending spree and Aquilani has been identified as one of their saleable assets.

Nevertheless, if no suitable offers come in, boss Kenny Dalglish is open to keeping the playmaker – who came on as a substitute and impressed during the Red’s 6-3 friendly win over a Malaysia X1 last week.

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Bruna exit.

Dalglish has further cut into his swathes of surplus midfielders by off-loading reserve team winger Gerardo Bruna to Blackpool.

The 20-year-old Argentinian was another of Rafael Benitez’s many speculative purchases which never came off, with Bruna failing to make his senior debut for the club.

The former Argentinian and Spanish youth team player has spent the early stages of pre-season on trial with Ian Holloway’s side in Portugal.

After sufficiently impressing Holloway, the Tangerines boss acted to sign the youngster on a two-year deal as he tasks to rebuild his squad following relegation.

After sealing his switch, Bruna told the Blackpool club website, “It’s a good squad here with lots of good players and I can’t wait to play.”

Fergie expects Reds challenge.

In a rare show of vague praise towards bitter rivals Liverpool, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he feels the Reds will be challenging for honours next season.

Liverpool have enjoyed a productive pre-season so far having signed Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson to a side which finished last season on a high following Kenny Dalglish’s re-appointment into the Anfield hot-seat.

Dalglish humbled his old foe Ferguson 3-1 when the clubs met at Anfield in March and Ferguson expects Liverpool to present a reformed challenge under Dalglish.

Quoted on the BBC, the Utd manager said: “Liverpool went off the radar a bit but they are back on it now. Long term, you know they are going to be there.”

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