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Aquilani can leave for €6m

Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani has revealed that AC Milan can sign him permanently from Liverpool for €6 million if he plays in 25 games this season.

Aquilani, 27, was a big money signing for Liverpool in 2009 to replace the departing Xabi Alonso, who joined Real Madrid, but failed to ever settle at the club. After spending last season on loan at Juventus a permanent transfer failed to materialise, resulting in the playmaker heading to the San Siro.

Speaking to La Gazzeta dello Sport, Aquilani said: "There is a buyout fee set at €6 million and it is activated after 25 games.

"I feel more assured. You can never say no to Milan. I have always had the hope of becoming a Rossoneri player.

"I did not expect to be bought by Juventus, the price set by Liverpool [€16 million] was too high. Juve was an opportunity and I have used it well.

"It was a critical step in my career as after Liverpool I needed to play continuously. Maybe if I had not gone to Juventus I would not be at AC Milan."

Should any move to Milan not take place, an exit from Liverpool is still highly likely with manager Kenny Dalglish buying both Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam since his appointment.

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