According to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool could look to land Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic another way, by using Fabio Borini as bait, following a rejected bid of £15.42 million, as reported by Croatian publication Vecernji List.
The report, as quoted by the Metro, states the Reds will look to use the Italy international as a makeweight in a deal with Inter Milan, with the striker likely to be surplus to requirements once again at Anfield.
The 24-year-old started three Premier League games for Liverpool last season, making another nine appearances from the bench, and featured in just six of the club’s cup matches.
Does this deal potentially represent good value for Liverpool and Inter?
Borini performed well, when playing regularly, at Sunderland but has been uneasy in the bit-part role he has been cast in Merseyside.
Kovacic is an extremely talented prospect, who Brendan Rodgers would do well to sign, and should allow the club to land the Inter star by any means necessary.
Borini will never get the regular game time at Anfield he craves, while Kovacic could be an ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard – so the deal would make sense for the Reds.
On the other hand, Inter could do with some attacking reinforcements and Borini certainly fits the bill as a player who could flourish given regular playing time in his home nation.