Agent Marco De Marchi has admitted that Fabio Borini had the chance to land a move to Bologna during the winter transfer window.
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 in the summer, with the two sides agreeing upon a £14 million fee.
The Italian international rejected a permanent switch, however, as well as a last-minute move to Queens Park Rangers, per the Telegraph, and instead opted to fight for a first-team place at Anfield, despite the club’s intent to ship him out.
He has since made just five starts in 16 total appearances, scoring once in last month’s 2-0 win at Aston Villa, and a return to Serie A in the summer now looks the likeliest outcome.
TMW have named AC Milan has one of the potential suitors, but Bologna director Pantaleo Corvino also revealed earlier this week that the Serie B club made an ambitious winter approach for the former Roma forward in their bid to seal promotion to the top-flight.
“Borini was the first player I called in January,” Corvino was quoted on TMW. “But we decided to talk about it again in the summer.”
Agent Marco De Marchi has since confirmed those claims and, while he stresses that his client remains focused on Liverpool for the moment, admits that his future will have to be reassessed at the end of the campaign.
“I appreciated the efforts of the club in their attempt for Fabio,” he said.
“I can confirm we talked about it in January. In this moment, Fabio is only focused on this season with Liverpool, the rest we will see later.”