AC Milan have hinted at a possible deal for Alberto Aquilani after admitting the Liverpool midfielder could be of interest.

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Aquilani's future has been the topic of much speculation with reports suggesting he is keen to return to Italy after spending last season on loan at Juventus.

A permanent deal at Juve failed to materialise and, despite interest from Fiorentina, no deal has been struck. Liverpool would be open either to a loan arrangement or a permanent departure, although Aquilani is only interested in the latter.

Now it seems Milan are preparing to offer the 27-year-old an escape route after the club's vice-president Adriano Galliani said: "We could talk about Aquilani, he could be of interest.

''He's a midfielder with the characteristics that we are looking for so, like with other players in his role, he could be of interest.''

Galliani dismissed stories linking Antonio Cassano with a move away from the club and Thiago Motta with a switch across the Milan divide from Inter.

''There is nothing in these stories,'' Galliani added. ''Cassano is a Milan player. A move to Genoa for Antonio could only occur if he asks to leave. If he doesn't do that then he will definitely stay here with us.''