ALBERTO AQUILANI is understood to be on the verge of sealing a permanent switch to Fiorentina, providing personal terms can be agreed.
Liverpool expect to receive a fee for the midfielder, but it is unlikely to be as high as the £7m quoted in some quarters this week.
Removing Aquilani, who cost £17m when arriving from Roma in 2009, from the wage bill is seen to be as important as any transfer windfall.
The Italian’s departure could help speed up Joe Allen’s move from Swansea, though it is understood that Liverpool are keen to press on with that deal regardless.
The Welshman, currently away with Team GB at the Olympics, is Rodgers’ number one transfer target, and the Reds are confident they can strike a deal with Swansea in time for the start of the new Premier League season on August 18.
The 22-year-old, as revealed in the ECHO last week, has a clause in his contract which would entitle him to speak to Liverpool if they table a bid of £15m. Rodgers, though, is hopeful of agreeing a lower fee with his former club, and could offer one of the Reds’ younger players on loan in a bid to sweeten the deal.
Allen is keen to be reunited with his former boss on Merseyside, and though Swansea issued a statement condemning Liverpool’s conduct in pursuing the player, it is understood that they are privately resigned to losing the midfielder before the end of the transfer window.
Meanwhile, reports suggesting that Reds goalkeeper Alexander Doni has left the club are wide of the mark. The Brazilian was absent from the tour of north America earlier this month for personal reasons, having been given permission by the club to return to his homeland. He is expected to return to Merseyside shortly.