Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that the club are interested in Fabio Borini, following reports linking the out-of-favour Liverpool striker with a winter move back to Serie A.
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 reported to have made loan bids for the former Roma hitman in late-August but, with the Reds refusing to entertain such offers, no deal ever materialised.
While Borini’s agent, Marco De Marchi, commented last week that his client wanted to remain with Liverpool, Ausilio has revealed that the Italian giants are considering making another approach in the next transfer window, provided the asking price is right.
‘It's early. [We’re] looking to December to make evaluations about the market. Today I remain convinced that [the squad] the staff put together is right,’ he told Tuttosport.
‘However, I like Fabio, but Liverpool want a big sum of money for him. We made an attempt in the summer but then we signed [Pablo] Osvaldo, who was our first choice.’
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 at the club, and it remains to be seen whether he will feature in a Red shirt for much longer.