Fabio Borini’s agent has denied that the Liverpool striker is set for a move come the winter transfer window, following reported interest from Inter Milan and Fiorentina.
After scoring seven goals in 32 Premier League games on loan at Sunderland last season, Borini looked set to for a return to the north east this summer, with the two sides having agreed upon a £14 million fee.
The Italian international rejected a permanent switch, however, as well as a last-minute move to Queens Park Rangers, and instead opted to fight for a first-team place at Anfield, despite the club’s intent to ship him out.
Both Inter and Fiorentina were linked to his services in late-August but, with the Reds refusing to entertain loan offers, agent Marco De Marchi maintains that no transfer is on the horizon.
‘Borini is a top level player, so consequently he has a contract with Liverpool and any club interested knows how to approach them,’ he told FcInterNews.it.
‘At this moment I am certainly not going to look for another club, as the boy is happy to remain at Liverpool. Let’s not forget he left a journey he already started at Roma in order to come to England.
‘Liverpool have no intention of loaning him out, as they already proved in August. We know that and so do all the clubs who came looking for him in the last transfer session.
‘The situation is exactly the same as it was in September, in the sense that he is very happy to be part of this important team.
‘He has managed to find some space playing in the Champions League and starting in the Premier League. Things are progressing as expected.’
Aged 23, Borini has made one start in three appearances so far this season, featuring for 75 minutes in Liverpool’s 3-1 league defeat at West Ham United, but the presence of Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli will leave his first-team opportunities limited going forward.
Having been made Brendan Rodgers’ first signing at the club upon arriving from Roma in the summer of 2012, the £10.5 million man netted just twice in 20 games during his first season, and it remains to be seen whether he will get another clear chance to prove himself under the Northern Irishman.