With Liverpool reportedly interested in his services, Costa Rican midfielder Celso Borges has appeared to leave the door open for a move with his latest comments on his club future.
One of the leading stars of the side’s astounding run to the World Cup quarter-finals, Borges’ impressive form over the past few weeks has seen his agent Patrick Molk recently confirm that both Liverpool and Leicester City are two of the clubs chasing his signature, as well as Greece’s PAOK.
Currently with Swedish side AIK, the player himself also appeared to suggest that a move could well be in the works, when asked about the possibility by national paper Aftonbladet, following Saturday’s heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat to the Netherlands.
‘I want to go further in my development, and see where it takes me,’ he said. ‘This can be a moment when it is right for us to find a solution that makes everyone happy.
‘No matter what happens I will always be grateful to AIK, all they have done for me and all the support I got from there.’
With 67 caps and 14 international goals to his name, Borges was formerly the most highly-rated youngster in Costa Rican football with local side Saprissa, eventually earning a transfer to Europe with Norwegian club Fredrikstad in 2009.
Moving on to AIK in January 2012, the 26-year-old had been tipped over the past season for bigger things after his impressive displays in Sweden, with the stage of the World Cup evidently proving the platform which was needed to showcase his skills.
Comfortable on both sides of the ball but also possessing natural playmaking skills, Borges has demonstrated a real nose for goal both during his club and national team career and his impressive all-round play in central midfield would seem to be a perfect fit for English football.
However, whether it would be wise for Liverpool, or Leicester for that matter, to sign a player seemingly on the basis of five impressive performances this summer is clearly open for debate, with there being numerous examples of similar failed experiments.
Furthermore, with Brendan Rodgers recently adding Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can to his already deep midfield, it remains to be seen whether there would still be interest in Borges, although one could argue the squad does need additional reinforcements ahead of a season where they’re looking to contend on all fronts.