Fabio Borini’s sending-off for Liverpool against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon could pave the way for a possible departure to Serie A.
The Italian striker was shown his marching orders after clocking up two yellow cards despite starting the contest on the substitute’s bench, and now looks destined to leave the club when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
Florence could be a possible destination with Fiorentina keen to bolster their ranks with another forward given the past injury records to Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi, though they may have to overcome competition from Sunderland who are keen to bring him back to the Stadium of Light.
Hopes had been high after his successful season with Sunderland last term that Borini could help fill the void left by Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona, but like the fellow forwards at Brendan Rodgers’ disposal he has failed to rise to the challenge.
He has found himself below the likes of Mario Balotelli and Ricky Lambert in the pecking order, and has no goals or assists to his name after featuring in six Premier League matches to date.
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Against Arsenal he was introduced in place of Lazar Markovic, who enjoyed his best game for the club to date, but his dismissal so nearly thwarted their attempts of scoring a dramatic late leveller.
His attitude and character has been questioned, and he could now find himself plying his trade back in his homeland in order to recapture the form that made him an exciting young prospect during his days with Roma.
Despite the fact that Rossi is due to return from injury next month, Vincenzo Montella could still rescue Borini from his hellish spell on Merseyside.
Gomez is a superstar with a proven track record, but injuries have again restricted his impact at the club which may in turn lead to a new recruit in order to bolster their hopes of securing Champions League football by the time the season draws to a close in May.
Borini showed during his loan spell at Sunderland last term that, when playing consistently and with confidence, he can score goals of huge significance and with regular consistency.
The 23-year-old still has time on his side to prove himself capable of being an established marksman, but it may just be that his future lies away from the unforgiving glare of English football and back in Italy instead.
Regardless of whether Liverpool are successful in reviving their interest in Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, it seems that Borini is destined to leave Merseyside sooner rather than later.
After initially signing for the club in 2012 he failed to make an impact, and it seems like this case may be no different with him goalless for the season so far.