Monday May 2 2011
Juve: 'We won't buy Aquilani'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has confirmed “we will not sign Alberto Aquilani for the sum set by Liverpool.”

The player has been in Turin all season on loan and the £16m buy-out clause was agreed last summer.

However, the Bianconeri are openly haggling to receive a discount to make his move permanent.

“There is a buy-out clause that has to be activated by May 15,” explained Marotta to Sky Sport Italia.

“We'll try to reach an agreement before the deadline. I can certainly say we will not sign Aquilani for the sum set by Liverpool.”

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be willing to negotiate over the price-tag when it was part of the deal only 12 months ago.

Aquilani has been linked with other Serie A sides, above all Milan, for next season if Juventus don't keep hold of him.

Meanwhile, Marotta also commented on the fact Alessandro Del Piero's contract expires on June 30.

“There is a gentleman's agreement between Del Piero and President Andrea Agnelli, so for me the matter is closed.”