Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has emerged as a target for Inter Milan as the Italian giants make plans to reinforce their goalscoring options during the January transfer window.
Inter are scouring the market for potential recruits and, reports Corriere dello Sport, Borini is a player under consideration from the hierarchy at the San Siro although the club are unsure if Liverpool would be prepared to do business.
Borini had been expected to leave Liverpool during the summer transfer window, with Sunderland keep to acquire the Italian on a permanent basis following his spell on loan at the Stadium of Light the previous season.
Sunderland got as far as agreeing a £14 million fee with Liverpool for Borini, only for the player to reject the opportunity to leave, instead outlining his ambition to revive an Anfield career that never began in earnest.
It is unclear if Liverpool will entertain the prospect of selling Borini at the next available opportunity, with the player having made his way back into Brendan Rodgers’ side as the manager works out how best to compensate for the departure of Luis Suarez.
However, Borini has not played for Liverpool since the defeat inflicted by West Ham before the end of September, and there are plenty of other options available to Rodgers as he searches for that elusive winning formula.
Borini was the first signing of the Rodgers era, arriving from Roma, and the two have a long-standing relationship, with the forward having worked under the Northern Irishman both at Chelsea and with Swansea. It may not, however, be enough to spare him the chop.
But even if Liverpool to decide to make the 23-year-old available to buy, it could prove to be a hypothetical deal too costly for Inter. Corriere dello Sport claim that the ‘coffers are empty’ at Inter, at least in terms of transfer fees.
It may well be then that they are required to pursue cheaper alternatives, with Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski, both seemingly unwanted at Arsenal, also linked with moves to Inter.
Campbell would also come at a hefty price although a loan could perhaps be negotiated. Podolski, meanwhile, is approaching 30 and will have one season remaining on his Arsenal contract after this one, so he could be acquired in a cut-price deal.