Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has seen a potential move to Lazio fall through, with the Italian outfit not ready to make an improved offer after hearing the Reds’ demands.
According to talkSPORT the Serie A club are ready to pay £4million for Borini, who is widely expected to leave Anfield this summer, but Brendan Rodgers and Co. are holding out for more money.
Borini sale on?
The 24-year-old has a contract on Merseyside that doesn’t run out until 2017, meaning Liverpool are under no immediate pressure to sell.
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TalkSPORT cite Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport in claiming that it may ultimately cost Borini a transfer away, with Lazio thought to be the frontrunners for his signature.
It’s believed that Liverpool are keen to sell him rather than see him loaned out, which essentially diminishes Sunderland’s hopes of enticing him back to the Stadium of Light, but the Anfield stance makes the situation precarious.
If Lazio refuse to go above £4m - at the moment it looks as though they’re doing just that - then the Reds might not get another chance to offload Borini.
The forward is well down the pecking order in Rodgers’ fold, below the likes of Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and even Mario Balotelli, and so keeping him on board isn’t something the club appear keen on.
Just let him go already
Nevertheless they aren’t going to allow him to leave for less than they deem him worth, it would seem. Having spent big this summer they’re looking to recoup money through the sales of Borini, the aforesaid Balotelli and Jose Enrique, and have already allowed Rickie Lambert to join West Brom.
The player himself is almost certainly tired of the to-and-fro that he has endured as a result of the ongoing transfer saga, and would likely welcome a move to Lazio if only to simplify his position.
If he remains with Liverpool the probability is that he won’t be handed any game-time, so it makes sense to assume that if an agreement can be reached over the fee he’ll be on his way shortly.
Liverpool fans, should Rodgers just accept a £4m bid for Borini? Is there any point in keeping him on this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.