Liverpool sign Aquilani from Roma for £18m

Liverpool have agreed a fee of £18m with Roma for Italian international Alberto Aquilani who is set to complete a move to Anfield subject to a medical. The news comes just hours after Xabi Alonso successfully completed a medical ahead of a £30m move to Real Madrid.

"Alberto is a very good player and I'm delighted we've reached agreement with Roma for his transfer," Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez told reporters. "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."

Aquilani has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs including both Arsenal and Manchester United but Liverpool have beaten their title rivals to his signature. The only worry would appear to be the Italian's fitness problems which forced him to miss most of last season through injury.

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