The on-going transfer saga surrounding Liverpool’s Fabio Borini has taken another twist, with the striker now declaring that he expects to remain at Anfield this season, according to tuttomercatoweb.com.
After spending last season on loan at Sunderland, where he scored seven goals in 32 league games to help secure the club’s Premier League status, Borini has looked on the verge of a return to the north east for several weeks, with the two sides having agreed upon a £14 million fee.
However, their efforts to convince him to move to the Stadium of Light on a permanent basis have so far been met with frustration, with the Italian stalling on an approach last month in favour of joining up with his current side on their pre-season tour of the USA.
AC Milan are also said to have made enquiries about bringing the former Parma and Roma frontman back to Serie A on loan, after seeing Mario Balotelli move in the opposite direction, with the £16 million deal appearing to put paid to his slight first-team hopes.
Lined up as a cheaper alternative to Chelsea’s Fernando Torres, this latest news, however, throws reports of a potential deal with the Italian giants in doubt, and leaves one wondering where it is Borini’s future lies.
Having signed for Liverpool from Roma in the summer of 2012 for around £10.5 million, the ex-Chelsea trainee appears intent on fighting for a spot in Brendan Rodgers’ lineup, but whether that would be the best thing for his career at this stage is debateable.
Still just 23, Borini has a great deal of promise to fulfil but, with competition growing fierce for places at Melwood, a move elsewhere would seem to be the best thing for his development.