Transfer Bin: Tottenham linked to £20m Liverpool flop


Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani - a rumour destined for the Transfer Bin.

Spurs have plenty of retooling to do under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been tasked with righting the ship after a difficult 2014-15 campaign.

The Argentine boss is yet to make any signings this summer after moving from Southampton, with memories of the Gareth Bale-fueled spending spree last time around still fresh at White Hart Lane.

But the transfer window is still young with July not even halfway over, and Pochettino can be expected to make his mark on the squad with some fresh acquisitions by deadline day.

It’s wholly unlikely, however, that one of these fresh faces will be that of Alberto Aquilani - of course known in Premier League circles for his rather uninspiring spell at Liverpool.

Italian outlet Panorama have maintained that Spurs - alongside La Liga champions Atletico Madrid - enquired after the ex-Red with current employers Fiorentina, interested in securing his services.

The problem with this story is that at a ground level, it doesn’t quite make sense.

Tottenham are, if anything, spoilt for choice in the centre of the park, with a glut of midfielders running the gamut of playing styles already on their books.

It’s hard to see what Aquliani would add to the group that isn’t already there. Spurs already have both creative and solid types, with the Italian falling somewhere in between on the spectrum.

And beyond this, his reputation in the Premier League certainly precedes him. Aquilani struggled mightily with injuries and adapting to the English game after his £20 million move to Liverpool in 2009.

Now just having turned 30, the Italian isn’t getting any younger and his career-long fitness issues would make him a risky signing.

Aquliani could indeed leave Fiorentina as his contract expires next year and an extension is yet to be agreed, but the chances of him ending up at Spurs look remote to say the least.

This rumour can safely be filed away in the Transfer Bin, as there’s little realism to suggest Aquilani will be making his way to White Hart Lane as one of the first signings of Pochettino’s reign.

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