Alberto Aquilani struggled to find his form last season in the EPL and the former Roma midfielder has reportedly moved on from the challenging English Premier League and will join Serie A side Juventus this year on a temporary loan. The Italian club will have the option to buy the footballer at the end of the year if Aquilani desires to stay with the club.
Last season Aquilani only started in 9 matches and was irregularly used off of the bench. The midfielder was signed for $20 million via the transfer and after signing a five year deal with the Reds; Aquilani struggled to discover first team football. Heading into this season Aquilani was projected to be used as a reserve off of the bench, so the former Roma man instead will play in his third major league in as many years.
Juventus’ website had left the following statement regarding landing the footballer and the potential deal in place to keep Aquilani on the squad if all things go well:
Juventus Football Club announces that an agreement with Liverpool F.C. for the free temporary acquisition of the registration rights of the player Alberto Aquilani has been reached. The agreement also includes the option right, to be exercised at the end of 2010-2011 season, for the definitive acquisition by Juventus of the football player at the price of €16 million, to be paid in three years.
Juventus looks to bounce back this year from a dismal performance last year that saw the squad miss out on the top four and a Champions League berth.