Fiorentina and Italy international Alberto Aquilani has been the latest player linked with a switch to MLS, with New York City FC reportedly an option.
According to Sportmediaset, Aquilani’s contract negotiations are proving unsuccessful. With his contract expiring in 2015, reports suggest Fiorentina want to reduce his current wages of €1.8 million to €1.5 million. Seemingly unhappy with the contract offer Aquilani is considering his future and one club interested is new franchise New York City.
Bankrolled by the same owners as Premier League champions Manchester City, the club are willing to sign some of the best talent in football to expand the club globally once it enters Major League Soccer for its debut campaign.
This won’t be until the new MLS season begins in March 2015, and as a result a loan move has been mooted for the Viola number 10. Aquilani would be the third major signing for New York City FC if he signed after Spaniard David Villa and Englishman Frank Lampard have both been confirmed as new arrivals.
Despite a disappointing spell at Liverpool, he is regarded as a fantastic deep lying playmaker. He has played for some of Serie A’s best clubs such as AC Milan, Juventus and Roma, winning three honours with the latter.
The Italian is also attracting interest from AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, and was called up the Italian squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Will Aquilani make the move to MLS?