Juventus may not use the option of buying Alberto Aquilani

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Juventus may not use the option of buying Alberto Aquilani

Juventus might not use the option of sealing a permanent deal for Italy international Alberto Aquilani.

Aquilani joined the Turin giants in the ongoing 2010-11 season from the Premier League side Liverpool on a season-long loan but it seems very unlikely that Juventus would look to sign the player on a permanent basis.

According to former Director of Sport at Juventus Alessio Secco, Aquilani has not done a lot to justify or win a permanent deal in Italy. It is believed that Juventus will have to pay Liverpool 16 million Euros in order to sign the central midfielder on a permanent basis. It was former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson who sent Aquilani on loan to Turin as he deemed him surplus to his requirements at Anfield.

While talking to a Turin radio station, Secco said that Juventus would be more interested in signing striker Fabio Quagliarella permanently given his current form and considering Aquilani’s injury problems.

“In my opinion, aside from the injury he suffered, Juventus will opt to sign Fabio Quagliarella from Napoli,” said Secco.

He said that Quagliarella will be a more important target for Juventus as his absence has cost Juventus a lot.

“Instead, I think it'll be hard to see Juventus sign Aquilani. The player hasn't given the quality necessary to help the Bianconeri make that jump in class,” he added.

Recently, Juventus lost 2-0 to Lecce and Aquilani’s performance did not really help ease the pressure on boss Luigi Delneri.

Moreover, a 16-million-Euro tag seems too hefty and over-exaggerated for a player who has not played as well as was expected. Secco was also sceptical on the appointment of Delneri and said that although the former Sampdoria coach is a very good professional, he would never have hired him.


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