Report: Despite single goal, Spanish champions want Liverpool's forgotten man

Atletico Madrid

Fabio Borini has hardly made an impact for Liverpool this season, but still doesn’t appear short on ambitious suitors.

Tutto Mercato Web have reported that Atletico Madrid hold a keen interest in Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, along with Inter Milan and Fiorentina.

The former Roma man shone on loan at Sunderland last term and was one of Gus Poyet’s top targets over the summer, only to turn down a permanent move to the Stadium of Light.

At the time Borini suggested through a series of cryptic tweets that he had chosen to safeguard his ambition by remaining at Anfield, though has found the going tough.

Even with Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli missing significant time due to injury and his ability to play in wide positions, the 24-year-old’s minutes have been severely limited.

Borini has been granted just three Premier League starts by Brendan Rodgers, who initially brought his former Chelsea academy and Swansea City charge to Anfield in 2012.

With a return of just one goal and one assist in 346 minutes of league action this season, the versatile striker’s time on Merseyside seems to be drawing close to its conclusion.

Late in March the Daily Mail reported that Liverpool are once again prepared to offload the Italy international, who hasn’t stepped onto the pitch in over two months.

Despite Borini’s lack of continuity with Liverpool, however, it doesn’t seem that tempting clubs have been put off from moving for his signature.

Back in January, Calciomercato claimed Inter were in pursuit of the Chelsea youth product, though nothing ultimately materialised and the transfer window slammed shut.

It now appears that the Nerazzurri weren’t the only ones with an eye on Borini. According to Tutto Mercato Web, Atletico Madrid were also interested.

This interest, the outlet states, hasn’t subsided. It is said that the Spanish champions could return for the Italian in the summer, bringing him into Diego Simeone’s side.

At the moment there appears little Borini can do to turn around his Liverpool career, and moving on looks a necessity for a player whose career has largely stalled.

Atletico Madrid would represent a fantastic opportunity for him, one that doesn’t often come around for those struggling to even get on the bench for their current employer.

For all his struggles with the Reds, Borini is a hard-working striker who fits the mould of a player desired by Simeone, a manager valuing industry.

The time for Borini and Liverpool to part ways has certainly come, and the Italian would be blessed to get a chance at the Vicente Calderon – should Atleti decide to make a concrete move once the transfer window opens once again.

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