Serie A giants could regret swooping for unsettled Liverpool forward Fabio Borini this summer.
The Italian, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland before returning to Anfield, had been coveted by both Inter Milan and AC Milan before opting to compete with Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert for a starting berth this season.
His chances of breaking into the first team appear remote, with the club’s plethora of attacking riches set to leave him out in the cold and surely transfer listed by the time the window reopens again in January.
Borini has never excelled on Merseyside due to the attacking starlets that lie above him in the pecking order.
Any hope that Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona would open a door of opportunity were quickly dispelled with manager Brendan Rodgers snaring Balotelli from Milan for a respectable fee of £16million.
It was a move that indicated the Northern Irishman's desire for another world-class forward and the need to provide a strike partner that Sturridge could enjoy a fruitful relationship with akin to the one he had enjoyed with the now departed Uruguayan.
Sturridge’s own arrival from Chelsea in January 2013 had come with Borini on the sidelines and the feeling that the Italian could not form a partnership with Suarez upon his return.
The striker has been further pushed towards the exit door after Liverpool’s decision to raid Southampton for Lambert, who could give them a new attacking dimension with his brutal strength and unerring composure.
Whilst at Sunderland, Borini thrived under the stewardship of Gus Poyet and played a pivotal role in helping the Black Cats consolidate their status in the top-flight.
The 23-year-old found the net 10 times in all competitions last term, with the highlight the winner against former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that inflicted a first ever defeat for Jose Mourinho at home and dented their quest for the Premier League title in the process.
The Italian also opened the scoring against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final, although Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas ultimately ensured the trophy would be draped in light blue ribbons at the end of the day as opposed to the red and white of the Northern outfit.
Such impressive performances saw him scoop the club’s annual award for ‘Young Player of the Year,’ and be the subject of a £14million bid from Poyet. However, despite the bid being accepted, he still remains a Liverpool player.
QPR and Milan
Borini was the subject of a late deadline day move from Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers but instead rejected their lucrative advances for a stay on Merseyside.
It has raised the eyebrows of many, causing the 23-year-old to hit out at the criticism that has come his way.
Inter will reportedly approach the player in January about the possibility of a £10million deal, although by then could be out of contention for the Serie A title.
AC Milan’s need is less great having secured the loan signing of Fernando Torres, but could still regret moving for a player with the pace and potency of the Italian youngster.
He stands little chance of making the grade at Anfield and showed during his loan spell away he has the talent and tenacity to light up Serie A and become a player for the big occasion.