Premier League striker considers Italy return ahead of World Cup

On-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is considering a move back to Serie A ahead of the 2014 World Cup, according to the player's agent.

Fabio Borini may be enjoying more playing time at Premier League strugglers Sunderland, but the on-loan Liverpool striker could be set for a return to Italy in a bid to make Cesare Prandelli's 23-man World Cup squad.

The 22 year old forward has enjoyed eight appearances so far for the Black Cats, but has scored just one. His solitary goal was a considerable one though, as he slammed home from distance to hand the Wearsiders victory over fierce rivals Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light.

Borini's agent, Marco De Marchi, has revealed that the forward may return to Serie A if he is not provided with more consistent game time. Despite featuring for both Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet, Borini has become sidelined since the return of Scottish striker Steven Fletcher.

Speaking to, De Marchi said: “I can say that if Fabio’s situation doesn’t change in the next month, we could evaluate a return to Italy so that he can find the consistency he needs ahead of the World Cup. Borini would absolutely love to take part in that tournament."

The former Swansea City striker, whose former boss Brendan Rodgers took him to Anfield, had been linked with a move to Inter Milan.

Despite the recent takeover by Erick Thohir, and the promise of further investment, De Marchi admitted there had been no formal approach by the Nerazzuri for his client.

“Does Walter Mazzarri appreciate him? I was in the Inter headquarters a few days ago, but there was no formal request.”

Even if Borini does return to Italy, it will only be on a temporary basis, as Liverpool are understood to be keen to retain the player, despite his inability to forge a place in the first team at Anfield.

“Liverpool will not let go of the player definitively, so it would still be a loan spell. He is a modern striker, has an eye for goal and is appreciated by many in Italy and beyond", De Marchi said.

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