60 second pundit
Aquilani deal proves that Premier League is a “soft touch”
Liverpool’s struggle to sell Alberto Aquilani for anything near what they paid for him has once again highlighted the view that Premier League clubs have become a soft touch. And the Daily Express’ Ian Ridley feels that English football’s approach of “buy high and sell low” is “depressing”.
Liverpool bought Aquilani from Roma for around £17million (plus extras) in 2009, but injuries and indifferent form limited the Italian to just 26 appearances in his first season, before he was loaned to Juventus for the 2010/11 campaign.
Juventus were unable to agree a fee with Liverpool for the permanent signing of Aquilani at the end of the loan arrangement this summer. Since then, both Fiorentina and AC Milan have been linked with a move as Liverpool look to find a new club for the playmaker, ideally permanently, but possibly just on loan.
“I have to say as an observer of English football for a long time, it’s quite depressing in a way because we buy high and sell low,” explains Ian.
“We bail all these clubs out and we’re a soft touch to some of these Spanish clubs, some of these Italian clubs that bring on their players, send them over here for £10million [and] rub their hands. We send them back in a couple of years’ time – having given [the player] £50-60,000 a week – for a couple of million quid, if we can get it.
“I mean look at Aquilani. They’re desperately looking to get him off the wage bill at Liverpool. £20million for him. They’d take £10million for him, if they could get it.
“And that’s what we do and this is why English football wastes so much money.”
If you are unable to view the video, watch it on YouTube by clicking here.
Follow Life’s a Pitch on Twitter @BTLifesapitch