Liverpool agree Aquilani deal

Liverpool have agreed a fee with Roma for the transfer of Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

The price is thought to be in the region of £20million with Aquilani now set for a medical before sealing a move that would see manager Rafa Benitez replace Xabi Alonso.

Benitez is poised to receive around £30million from Real Madrid after Spain international Alonso passed a medical with the Primera Division giants on Wednesday.

"Alberto is a very good player and I'm delighted we've reached agreement with Roma for his transfer," said Benitez on the club's official website.

"He will travel to Merseyside later this week for a medical. Alberto has a winning mentality and great experience in both Serie A and the Champions League.

"He has long been recognised as a top class talent in Italy, captaining his country at both Under 19 and Under 21 levels before establishing himself in the senior national side."

A statement from the club added: "Liverpool concluded their discussions with Roma once the Sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid was finally agreed."

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