Juventus in negotiations to keep Aquilani, but the price Liverpool want is stretching the budget, reports suggest...
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims dialogue has been opened between the two clubs as they attempt to resolve Aquilani's future following his loan move to Italy last summer.
The 26-year-old's current terms expire in June, and while there have been suggestions over a stay in Serie A, the sticking point surrounds his price.
Liverpool want around €16 million for him, but the Bianconeri are only willing to stretch to €12m as they try to bargain on the option they have to sign him as part of the loan agreement.
But that's not all that stands in their way, as the former Roma midfielder would have to reduce his earnings too, which currently amount to €3.5m per annum.
Aquilani has scored twice in 27 games this season for Juve, who are currently seventh in Serie A and take on Genoa at the Olimpico this weekend.
I Bianconeri have recently been linked with a move for Milan's Andrea Pirlo should Aquilani return to Anfield.