Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani will be returning to his homeland of Italy as he’s been sold to Fiorentina for a sum believed to be seven million euros. Fiorentina made the announcement on their website along with the signings of Borja Valero Iglesias and Gonzalo Javier Rodriguez of Spain’s Villarreal.
It’s bad enough that Liverpool lost tons on this guy, who was originally bought by Rafael Benitez for something like 20 million pounds, but reports out of Italy say that Liverpool will still be paying a part of his salary, which is thought to be about 1.7 million euros a season.
Aquilani either didn’t want to leave Italy in the first place or he simply wasn’t given a chance to play at Anfield when he came over back in 2009 from AS Roma. But of course, money talks and Roma made a killing while the player was making great wages.
He spent more time in Italy than he did in England as he was loaned to Juventus in 2010 and was then shuffled off to AC Milan last season. He’s not a bad player, but for some reason, possibly his wages or transfer cost, neither of those clubs wanted to dish out the cash to buy him…until now with Fiorentina getting a decent deal on the transfer fee and an excellent deal on the wages. The team needs need all the help they can get as they just avoided relegation last season.
Although he might not be a bad player, the fee Benitez paid for him was ridiculous and it should be him paying part of Aquilani’s wages, not the club. A complete waste of money as English clubs show once again they’re soft touches for the rest of the world.