Liverpool agree fee for Alberto Aquilani

Liverpool moved quickly to line up a replacement for Xabi Alonso when they agreed a deal with AS Roma to sign Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani subject to a medical, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Liverpool added on their website that they concluded their discussions with Serie A side Roma once the sale of Alonso to Real Madrid was finally agreed. The 25-year-old slick-passing Aquilani is likely to play an important role for Italy in next year's World Cup finals. "Alberto is a very good player and I'm delighted we've reached agreement with Roma for his transfer," said Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. Aquilani, who suffered a string of injuries last season and is not yet 100 percent fit after ankle surgery in May, will have a medical later this week. "Alberto has a winning mentality and great experience in both Serie A and the Champions League. He has long been recognised as a top class talent in Italy, captaining his country at both under-19 and under-21 levels before establishing himself in the senior national side," Benitez added. Aquilani is Liverpool's second major signing of the close season after England right-back Glen Johnson joined from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee in June. Roma needed to sell at least one of their best players to finance their close-season transfer dealings. NEWS: Liverpool eye Defour deal NEWS: Giannini - Aquilani perfect for Liverpool NEWS: Liverpool set to seal Aquilani deal NEWS: Liverpool in talks over Aquilani acquisition NEWS: Roma open to Aquilani offers NEWS: Agent refutes Aquilani reports LIVERPOOL FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter