Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Swap deal on the cards

Alberto Aquilani could be leaving Liverpool and heading to Juventus in an exchange deal involving Brazil international Felipe Melo.

Aquilani has struggled with fitness since joining Liverpool from Roma in a £20 million deal last summer.

The midfielder has not convinced he can adapt to the needs of the Barclays Premier League and Juventus are keen to bring Aquilani back to Italy.

Defensive midfielder Melo, who was heavily linked with Arsenal last summer, has not had a happy season with Juventus since joining them from Fiorentina a year ago in a deal worth over £20m.

Despite making 25 appearances for the Old Lady, the 26-year-old was voted the worst player in Serie A last season by listeners of an Italian radio station and was rewarded with the Bidone d'Oro or Golden Bin - a prize whose 'winners' include Rivaldo and Adriano.

Sources in Turin say the exchange deal would be in both clubs' interests with Aquilani happy to resume his career in Serie A after an unhappy debut season in England.

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