Aquilani cost a reputed £20m three years ago and has cost over £1m per Premier League match as he has turned out just 18 times in the EPL. The offer has been accepted from Fiorentina who finished only 13th in Serie A last time around and it is hard to imagine that they are able and willing to pay more than a pittance of what Liverpool paid.
What we are interested in though is whether this sale indicates that Liverpool’s American owners will be prepared to similarly compromise on Andy Carroll as well, a much more bitter pill to swallow as they were the ones who signed that particular cheque. The Aquilani deal pre-dating their involvement at Anfield. At this moment in time, Carroll has only played 42 times in the Premier League for Liverpool with 6 goals in those matches, not the kind of return they would have envisaged.
Maybe a reality check/cheque is playing a part for the American owners who have had their fingers well and truly burnt with Dalglish’s reckless spending.
Brendan Rodgers has already shelled out £10m on new striker, Fabio Borini, and the new manager is unlikely to be given the freedom Dalglish had to splash out, with more emphasis on generating a good part of his transfer kitty by trading in their unwanted stock, which clearly Andy Carroll is, no matter how much they deny it.
With two quality strikers in Ba and Cisse, Mike Ashley may be more than prepared to take this to the wire and secure potentially another bargain Carroll transfer, with surely a plan B in place if Liverpool’s owners do indeed find it too bitter a pill to swallow.
If indeed Andy Carroll does return to St,James’ Park I can guarantee you one thing – any transfer fee will most definitely be ‘undisclosed’!