Liverpool representatives are to meet with Fiorentina officials today in an attempt to organise the transfer of Italian forward Fabio Borini, according to reports on the continent.
Gazzetta dello Sport, of Italy, say La Viola are keen to strike a double deal for Borini and Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah by the end of the week, and so time is very much of the essence where they are concerned.
As relayed by talkSPORT, Fiorentina have sent their own men to fly over to England this evening in a bid to thrash out a deal for Borini primarily, having seemingly given up on his teammate, Mario Balotelli.
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As recently as July it was claimed the Serie A outfit were interested in the former Manchester City ace, but it appears the financial demands needing to be met before he will go anywhere has forced them to turn to other options.
Fortunately for Brendan Rodgers that might yet play right into his hands, particularly as he seems keen to offload Borini before the start of the new season.
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Having purchased Christian Benteke and Danny Ings to complement Daniel Sturridge, the Northern Irishman has made it abundantly clear that he wants more firepower in his front line.
As a consequence he’s already shipped Rickie Lambert off to West Brom, and if Balotelli is still at Anfield come the end of the summer there will be a fair few fans scratching their heads in surprise.
Together he and Borini managed just five goals in 46 appearances across all competitions last term, which in a team competing for the top four is well short of the required mark.
Since transferring from Chelsea in 2012 Borini has featured 38 times for the Reds, either side of a loan spell to Sunderland in the 2013/14 campaign. As a result it can be assumed he’s failed to impress Rodgers, and perhaps a move back to Italy is what’s needed to boost his career.
Borini and Italy
He spent a season on loan with AS Roma previously and finished with 10 goals, a joint personal best, potentially inferring that he is more suited to Serie A than he is the Premier League.
In any case Rodgers will be pleased to get him off the books, and an agreement between his reps and Fiorentina appears just around the corner.
Liverpool fans, are you happy Borini is finally going to be leaving the club? Is there any reason Rodgers should keep him? Let us know in the comments box below.