Tuesday February 22 2011
'Juventus might not sign Aquilani'

Juventus might not take up the option to make Alberto Aquilani's loan from Liverpool permanent, according to the club's former director of sport.

Alessio Secco feels the Italy international midfielder hasn't done enough to justify the €16m that Juventus would need to pay to seal the deal.

Interviewed on Radio Mercato, he said: "In my opinion, aside from the injury he suffered, Juventus will opt to sign Fabio Quagliarella from Napoli.

"It's true that he's coming off a rather serious injury, but in the end I think that his abilities as a player are not up for discussion and that Juventus will do everything to sign him.

"Instead, I think it'll be hard to see Juventus sign Aquilani. The player hasn't given the quality necessary to help the Bianconeri make that jump in class.

"Aside from the game against Lecce on Sunday, in which the entire team played in a mediocre fashion, I think that Aquilani hasn't had a great season and that signing him for €16m seems a very exaggerated figure."

Asked if he would have appointed Gigi Del Neri, who is currently under pressure, Secco replied: "Honestly, no.

"I would have looked for someone else even if I must say that I have a lot of respect for Del Neri and I consider him to be really professional and prepared in the job that he does.

"But I would not have chosen him as a Coach."