Fiorentina signed Italian midfielder
Alberto Aquilani from Liverpool on Friday with media reports
putting the fee at seven million euros.
"Fiorentina announces the aquisition of Borja Valero
Iglesias and Gonzalo Javier Rodriguez from Villarreal Club and
Alberto Aquilani from Liverpool Football Club," the club said on
their official website.
Italian media suggested that Liverpool will pay part of
Aquilani's salary, which has been put at as much as 1.7 million
euros a season.
Aquilani has had a troubled time since signing for Liverpool
from AS Roma in 2009, failing to establish himself as a dominant
midfield presence in a team that struggled for form.
He has been sent back twice to Italy on loan over the last
two years, first to Juventus in 2010 and then to AC Milan at the
start of last season.
Despite good performances for both teams, in particular
during his time at Juventus, neither club took up the offer to
buy him and he returns to Serie A as a member of Vincenzo's
Montella's new-look Fiorentina.
The former Roma striker excited Serie A as Catania boss last
season and is hoping that Aquilani can help the Tuscan outfit
improve on last season where they narrowly avoided relegation.
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