Think people are missing the big problem here in the Aquilani deal. The fact that we are mugs in the transfer market when it comes to selling players. (forget the buying part for now)
I keep seeing the 'why does no-one want to buy him for 5m' 'two clubs don't want to sign him'
Football clubs are businesses, not sure how many of you are actually understanding that when it comes to these Aquilani loan deals. Serie A clubs now are reknown for their tightness, in fact to go along with the tight purses they also have a high turnover of players every year.
For example one player can in the span of 5 years play for Milan, Inter, Juventus, Lazio and Roma and not a single fan in Italy would bat an eyelid. It happens often that players constantly move around due to the differing regulations regarding transfers in Italy.
Some differences between the Premier League and Serie A are for example:0
Buy only 1 Non EU player
Buy 50% of a player from another team and then at the end of the players contract an auction is held between the 2 teams with the highest bidder getting said player.
Loan a player who has been loaned (loan within a loan)
Now I'll get to my point, last season we did an unbelievable fuck up in the summer transfer window (under Purslow). Part one of it was paying Juventus £5 million for Christian Poulsen. Now any club in Italy could see that he was not worth £5m, lightbulbs must have been flashing all over the league about Liverpool Football Club's seemingly stupid direction and unbelievable gullibility.
Part two was trying to sell Lucas and Insua, funnily and I don't know how coincidental this is with part one but Fiorentina agreed a low fee for Insua (he declined), Palermo and Napoli offered 3m...fucking 3m for Lucas (even better they laughed at the 5m). Lowballing of unbelievable proportions, 3m for Lucas, why would they bid such a derisory amount for a mainstay of the team the previous season?
Part three was the loan deal of Aquilani to Juventus. Signed for 20m the season before and sent on loan to Juventus with some shitty buyout clause.
Now how does this affect Alberto and his new found nomadic career in Italy?
Alberto played often for Juventus, 34 games, they used him well, he contributed to their league campaign and they made use of a loan player how a club should. When it came to purchasing though, there was no need, Pirlo was available on the market come the end of the season on a 'free'. Fuck it they said, we got Alberto for free for a whole season, he played well, no point paying 13m for him when Pirlo is available on a free. In fact forget Alberto completely as we'll use that 13m to sign Pirlo and buy Lichsteiner for 10m (euros).
So Alberto despite a good season at Juventus came back to Liverpool. Milan got rid of Pirlo and saw an opportunity, fucking mugs that Liverpool Football Club are when it comes to selling players. Got rid of an Argentine international full back because they let his contrract run down, sold Poulsen at a 4 million loss after 1 season, loaned out Joe Cole to Lille whilst paying the majority of his ridiculous wages, let's see if we can Alberto for a cheap deal.
So Alberto has a good pre-season, Milan come in, we don't want to keep him because Steven Gerrard is going to play in the same position (absolutely ridiculous as we just put ourselves in a harder position to sell) and Milan come along saying we'll give you no girls and a cup now and give you the two girls at the end of the season if Alberto plays *this* many games. We agree, he has a good season for Milan, suddenly the business minds in Italy start thinking again, Muntari falls out with Branca, lets also get him in on loan, make sure Aquilani doesnt get to the required number of games so we have to pay Liverpool, instead we have the bargaining power.
Liverpool - "Unfortunately there is no room for Alberto here because he plays in the same position as Steven Gerrard"
(Other clubs hear Steven Gerrard is a world class player and Liverpool legend, no-one will be replacing him in the lineup.)
Milan - "we don't want Alberto Aquilani" (we'll take him, but not at the 5m as you want to sell him, we know that, so what's the point in us activating that buyout clause when we, and any other club, can absolutely mug you off for him before/after the Euros".
Other things that strengthen buying clubs bargaining power
"he doesnt want to be in Liverpool and wants to go back to Italy" (Italian clubs - Oh, so that's easy for us, he wants to come to Italy, they have to sell him to an italian club, let's see how low we can ball these fuckers)
I've not even gone into the Mascherano sale and how we sold a world class player to a world class team for less than we signed said player..