Italian giants AC Milan are reportedly still keen on signing Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, but are unwilling to meet the Merseysiders’ asking price, Gazzetta Dello Sport reports.
Aquilani, 27, spent last season on loan at Juventus and earlier this summer saw a move to the Serie A side fall through, because of fee negotiations. Aquilani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia, has left the door open for a possible move to Milan and Rossoneri chief executive Adriano Galliani is interested. However, Galliani is unprepared to pay more than around £5m and Liverpool’s valuation is around £10m for the Italian.
Zavaglia said last week: “Adriano Galliani knows all the facts and he is well informed.” Aquilani has had a turbulent time with injuries and lack of form at Liverpool and could fancy a move back to Italy, so that he can renew his international chances.
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Shawcross and Cahill both targets.
Liverpool are eyeing either Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross or Bolton defender Gary Cahill to aid their defensive woes, according to the Metro.
The Reds director of football Damien Comolli indicated on Friday that the £6m arrival of Jose Enrique from Newcastle United would be the last incoming transfer of the summer. Liverpool’s owners think differently and are prepared to find the money for a new central defender after the team conceded 15 goals in six pre-season friendlies.
Shawcross is Dalglish’s preferred option and the Reds are lining up a £10m bid, according to reports. The Potters value the 23-year-old at around £18m and with the ownership of wealthy tycoon Peter Coates, they do not need to sell Shawcross.
If Shawcross becomes too expensive for the Reds, they will shift tack to Bolton defender Gary Cahill. The England international has been linked with Arsenal throughout the transfer window, but the Gunners are unwilling to meet manager Owen Coyle’s £17m valuation. The Reds would be reluctant to pay so much money, but could use forward David N’Gog as part of the deal to reduce the fee.
Dalglish calls for clearer rules.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has called for better guidelines on clear goalscoring chances after Sunderland were let off a red card and earned a point at Anfield, The Sun reports.
Kieran Richardson escaped with only a booking after he tripped Luis Suarez when he was clear through on goal. Suarez missed the penalty following the foul, but later headed Dalglish’s men in front. Liverpool were the better side, but lost momentum with Sebastian Larsson’s superb volley early in the second half. Reds manager Dalglish was unhappy with referee Phil Dowd’s decision to book Richardson and has called for a tweaking in the rules book.
Dalglish said: “You don’t want to see people sent off and I don’t know what the rule book says about a clear goalscoring opportunity when Luis Suarez is one on one with the goalkeeper – I don’t see a clearer goalscoring opportunity than that.”
“I suppose nine-and-a-half out of 10 would have given Kieran the red card, but we need to know where we stand and how they are going to implement the rules and word them in the books. That is what we asked for,” Dalglish added. The Scotsman also admitted that a point was worthy of the performance and has praised the hard work of the Black Cats.
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