The agent of former Chelsea striker Fabio Borini has claimed his client turned down the opportunity of a move to Liverpool during the recent transfer window.
The Italian U21 international instead opted for a Serie A switch to Parma, whom he joined on a free transfer before being immediately loaned out to AS Roma, who retain an option to buy at the end of the current campaign.
Having failed to ever make the grade at Chelsea, Borini spent a series of loan spells away from Stamford Bridge - most recently on loan at Barclays Premier League new boys Swansea City - helping them to achieve promotion from the Npower Championship last term.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of young, up-and-coming talent, but that did little to deter Borini from engineering a move away from west London this summer.
Upon hearing about his desire to leave Chelsea, Reds boss Kenny Dalglish expressed an interest in bringing the player to Anfield, in a bid to increase Liverpool's attacking options for the new season.
However, the Merseysiders were overlooked by the 20-year-old, who favoured a return to his native Italy, as revealed by Borini's representative Marco de Marchi:
"Roma were interested for a month before the agreement was signed. Liverpool then launched their bid and this made Roma close in on the deal.
"He wanted to go to Roma before Liverpool because he knows it is a great opportunity in every way.
"Chelsea provided the facilities for him and after two years in England he has greatly improved in all areas."