3 Sep 2014

Confirmed: LFC could've sealed deadline-day deal for 'terrific' €18m attacker. Transfer fail?

The fallout from Fabio Borini's failed deadline-day transfer continues, and according to the Italian's agent, Liverpool are to blame for blocking the 'terrific' Italian's Anfield exit.

Speaking to FCInterNews last night, Marco De Marchi - Borini's agent - claimed that:

* Inter Milan and other 'very important clubs' in Europe wanted €18m-rated Borini on loan, but Liverpool rejected all loan offers.

* QPR tried to lowball the Reds with a low bid, but it was dismissed out of hand.

Why not just let Borini go out on loan? Brendan Rodgers has farmed out a few other players this summer (including Iago Aspas, another striker), so why block a loan deal for Borini, who clearly doesn't figure in the managers's plans this season?

Rejecting the loan also goes against Rodgers' insistence that Borini needs to 'move on' to get more 'regular' football. As recent events show, Borini will dig his heels in and refuse a move when it involves smaller teams (and to be fair, who can blame him?), but it's likely he would've jumped at the chance of a year at Inter Milan.

Still, there's also January, and on that note, De Marchi added:

“Now Fabio will try to convince the coach to give him a chance. He is used to fighting for things. I don’t know what will happen in the January market.”

Who knows - maybe by January, Borini will have developed into an integral part of the squad. It's possible, but in reality, it's not really probable.

On an unrelated note: I hate international breaks! Once again, there are two breaks within the first two months of the season. It's ridiculous. This campaign is only 3 games old and it's already rudely interrupted by the turgid pointlessness of international friendlies, which kill early-season momentum. Urgh.

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49 comments:

  1. He had a clear offer to go to Sunderland permanently. As is his right he held out for what he probably perceives is a bigger club, a club that would give him a chance to play European football. But not letting the player go on loan to Milan ... it's hard to say what the logic is there. At some point Liverpool probably just want to get a deal done so there would have been some pressure on the player to accept something else. I guess they've shown a strong hand by insisting that the player only leave on a permanent deal. It's not a particularly useful outcome but Borini himself seems happy enough with it. The difference this window is that the player had already established his value, there were clubs willing to pay for him and therefore the market rate was set. Letting him go on loan again wasn't the right deal, if anything it would decrease his value. So maybe Liverpool tried some hard tactics to show both the player and other clubs that it was their preferred deal or nothing.

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  2. I think B Rodgers just wants him off the books permanently. And Italian sides are broke, they want loans then after loan no matter how great or well the player performed and permanent deal was put in place. The Italian sides want the price to be reduced further or they do not buy the player.


    B Rodgers done the right thing, He should not waste his time loaning any players to any italian clubs.


    F Borini(23) can play in the Carling cup and Early FA Cup games and come January, QPR Or Sunderland will come back for him.


    And hopefully he lowers his comical wage demands and leaves as he is simply not a top 1-6 team striker. He is a 11-18 club striker and nothing more

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  3. Don't quite understand why is Fabio Borini still around and why is Loic Remy not around. Anyway, that's soccer nowadays. Gotta agree with u regarding the meaningless international breaks. Getting interruptions is bad enough, losing any player due to unnecessary injury is even worse. Pray hard that all players will come back injury-free.

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  4. BR did alright in this case. The Italian clubs will only want a loan and the chance of them putting out £10m+ on players is a long gone as most of them are broke. Inter just wanted a loan but BR wanted to get rid of him permanently, the money for a transfer was on the table by Sunderland but Borini perhaps thinks he is destined for higher peaks or wants to go back to Italy, the later of which is a poor option for our club as the Italian clubs will not pay the money we could have got for Borini in the summer window and nor will they be able to pay the money we will be able to get for him the winter window. However him staying gives us an option in the lesser games when we might be able to rest some better players.

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  5. Booo International breaks, booo.
    Maybe the loan deals didn't include a significant wage contribution from them?

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  6. Borini has no interest in any permanent move. A season long loan to Inter would have taken him to the last year of his contract. Good performances at Inter would only enhance his Bosman signing on fee at his next club. Why should LFC accomadate that ? I am looking forward to the club naming their 24 man Champions League squad with Borini omitted. His motives are so obvious it's now boring.

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  7. With respect, this is totally unfounded speculation. There's no evidence to show that Borini is some alleged mercenary, just holding out for a massive pay-day.

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  8. It isn't a player's call especially one who is as uncooperative as Borini. It does appear that Borini is spiteful in respect of the interest from Sunderland and QPR. Come January, Borini will be pleading with Rodgers to release him.

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  9. Agreed..at least some clubs were queuing for his services. Unlike Lucas and Johnson where nobody wants and that's why they're still around.

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  10. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:48 am, September 03, 2014

    what we are all forgetting is he is only 23
    he has plenty of time to improve and maybe one day be as good as costa
    he can play in the league cup games if he proves himself i can see him being the 3rd choice striker in front of ricky lambert

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  11. There is certainly evidence to show that Borini wants to play regular football , shown by his decision to stay at LFC

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  12. He's made comments in the past (as has his agent) about wanting to fight for his place at LFC. I don't see what's wrong with that. He clearly just didn't want to play regular football at a smaller club. If what his agent says is correct, then he would've been happy to move to Milan. LFC seemingly put the blockers on that, not Borini.

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  13. In that case he has an exaggerated sense of his own ability. ' Fight for my place' is his last resort. Viktor Moses said something on the same lines

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  14. Borini was purchased and given a contract by LFC. If he wants LFC to honour that contract, then that is his right and who can blame him. He only has to accept a change in his contract situation if it suits him. So LFC and particularly Rodgers, can try to push him out the door in a deal that is financially better for the club, but can't blame Borini if he resists such a move.

    The club are now caught between a rock and a hard place. As has been rightly said, if they'd put him out on loan, his value will have dropped by the end of the loan, with only one year left. If they leave him out of the squad and he doesn't play, his value will drop anyway.

    BR had much faith in Borini when he became his first acquisition and I don't blame Borini for his stance. BRs best course of action is to be pragmatic and use Borini as much as possible in cup games and hope that this either raises his value for another attempt to sell in January, or determines that he actually has some talent and is worth keeping around.

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  15. Well, he certainly has self belief and confidence in himself, good for him. He's hoping for a better club to come along. That's only really going to happen when he's a free agent and another club doesn't have to pay a transfer fee to them fund his ridiculous wages. So, in the meantime we are stuck with him in the squad inui his contact has wound down or some idiotic big club comes in with an offer he's happy with.

    He simply is not going to get much game time with who's ahead of him, and his comments don't exactly exude respect for Rodgers and the club. Next season Origi will be with us and I'd be surprised if another quality forward is not added instead of Lambert. For your own sake Fabio, see the light and leave in January. Hats off for your effort, but you're not good enough and you've had your chances.

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  16. how much of what agents say is truth, he is never going to blame his client for break down and didnt "Arry" say "the lad couldn't agree terms" or somthing like that, and Borini said in the past he wants to play in the prem,..... also I agree with you Jaimie on the international break, Managers and coaches are trying to get these players in to the routine of club football and we always seem to have somebody come back injured.

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  17. Totally agree, cant stand the international break after 3 games! Maybe its because im Welsh...

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  18. Fully agree with your reaction to International breaks. The time has long since arrived when players make the early decision whether they want to play in international leagues, which have relegation and promotion, or club football. The 'borrowing' of players from clubs is no longer acceptable because it breaks the continuity and invariably wreaks havoc with the fitness and availability of players. Players should decide when they play in the under 23 Internationals whether they want to follow that route or stay with Club football.

    No more release for silly International friendlies or other 'offshore' competitions organised by groups of international teams! There are basically two sets of fans - The International set and The Club set. As it seems to me that the latter are in the overwhelming majority. It's time to tell Blatter and his big time 'fixers' to go it alone, get off our backs, buy their own performers and allow Club Owners to take football into the third millenium by establishing their own Rules, Regulatory and Disciplinary Bodies.

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  19. what's shocking overall is the Fact...our club gave borini 90,000 pounds a week in his contract,Madness...what ever happened to working hard and earning a raise in your company but then this is the crazy world of football after all

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  20. Didn't know David Cameron followed this blog! Awesome.

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  21. International breaks are pretty irritating. Particularly when you're from Ireland! With regards Borini, maybe Liverpool were playing hardball and it backfired. Throughout the Summer (Lallana and Marcovic aside), Liverpool have been fairly stubborn on a number of deals with some admirable results - for instance Moreno for 12 million and Balotelli for 16. Perhaps they took this approach with these "important clubs" and said "Hey, if you want Borini, then pay up" but none of the clubs took the bait. At the end of the day, I think putting him out on loan would have been a bit pointless, not for the player, but for the club - either we should get the (inflated) fee of €18 million or have him in the squad. Who knows, he could be a handy man to have around.

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  22. The only time I give a remote s*** about internationals is the World Cup and the Euro tournament. I do enjoy them though. International breaks are just s*** house. Can't stand 2 weeks of no Liverpool, let alone and EPL games.

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  23. great news .....we have gibson back...woo hoo....he'll limp off after 40 mins......urlin urlin urlin.....

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  24. Agreed International friendly's are a nuisance, I'm Irish and I'll more than likely be watching the England game, we're playing bloody Oman like what's the point...

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  25. The sad thing is, Gibson is the least of our worries.. Talk about bleak - says a lot when our hopes more or less rely on the right back!

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  26. I can understand he would see Sunderland and QPR as a step down but sometimes you have to step down so that you can step up later.


    If he really is good enough to pay for a top club he could have proved it at a lesser club now he'll only get the odd game until the charade starts all over again in January.

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  27. Well the World Cup seemed to get a fair bit of interest even if England went out early.


    I think there is room for both club and International football but would agree friendlies can be a bit pointless.

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  28. Did they? I have seen teports where that is what he asked for but was only (yes I know "only") on 45K at Liverpool.


    Who knows the press make up numbers to suit themselves

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  29. Agree with most of what you say. I am just not sure though if Borini is really happy at the outcome or is just pretending - who knows?.


    The unfortunate thing now is that neither party comes out of it well.

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  30. The club was right not to sanction another loan move.That would've seen Borini's market value drop regrdless of how well he performed due to the time left on his contract.Having him available in the next window when we know some clubs will be desperate for a striker is best for the club.
    Italian clubs try our players but never buy when the loan deal is up.Think Napoli and Reina.Both Juventus and AC Milan used Aquilani as a key player in their teams.Then turned their nose up when it came to putting their hands in their pockets.Aquilani's contract ran down because we were mucked about and he left for Fiorentina on a very cheap deal.
    I'm glad Liverpool stayed strong and didn't let another Italian club take advantage.

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  31. Michael I have spare ticket for game in aviva tonight are u up for it!!! The mighty Oman are in town..only joking lad it's the England game for me too watching the pool boys

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  32. The thing I hate about international breaks is the injuries that come with it. Twice, Sturridge has been injured twice now because Uncle Woy was delusional. At least, Gerrard will not be exerted.We looked so leggy last year after the rubbish breaks. There is no point.

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  33. Spirit of the Shadows12:03 pm, September 03, 2014

    Websites report that Fabio borini is going to be frozen out at the club, utter rubbish. We are playing 2 forwards and are in 4 competitions and with Daniel sturridge's injury history he'll definitely get games and he knew it. That's why he didn't leave.

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  34. Bit of a 'Horlicks' in my match scheduling above! If there were to be fourteen or sixteen teams in the top international league I guess my competition would take two years to complete. - At least that would be better than every four years!

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  35. Four competitions, without a permanent decent deal it makes sense to keep him. However, if he doesn't prove himself in training and a fourth striker is needed, I can see us turning to Sterling for our striker needs.


    Yes, the international breaks are RUBBISH!!! Their timing is utter nonsense.

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  36. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:10 pm, September 03, 2014

    it is nice that our (the fans) main concern is that we have too many strikers and one of them is not leaving
    remember two years ago we were talking about signing sinemma pongolle,hesky or del piero after the window shut and we did not get dempsy

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  37. Did he get injure again?

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  38. Agreed. International breaks suck the joy out of weekends. Wish they'd just do away with international football altogether. Would anyone truly miss it?

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  39. If what harry Redknapp says is true if they were prepared to pay his wage demands then he would have agreed to the move. Still to a 'lesser' club but the extra funds obviously softening the blow!......just a thought

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  40. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:46 pm, September 03, 2014

    germans,spanish,uruguayans,brazillian,chillieans,argentines and italians

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  41. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:48 pm, September 03, 2014

    now the main concern is getting new contracts
    for the following players in order of importance :


    sturridge
    sterling
    henderson
    coutinho
    gerrard
    flanagan
    allen

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  42. See? Nobody would miss it.

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  43. Can we have a new contract to end Johnson's time in LFC?

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  44. Personally I've got nothing but respect for Borini. Takes a lot of courage to do what he's done and I would love it if he proved everyone wrong this year.
    If nothing else you know he's gonna train like a demon and try like his life depends on it when he does get a chance. Plus he'll know Mario from the Italy squad and it might be good for him to have a familiar face in his first season.
    All the best Fabio

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  45. loan deals for Borini do nothing for liverpool. plus with only four strikers, lots of games, and sturridge's injury record you can bet Borini will play a little. They'd sell Borini for a fee but they'd rather keep him for squad depth because Rodgers likes him.

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  46. No they didn't, and with that i'm done. people are just spewing all this crap. Dude wants to fight for his place and doesn't want to go to sunderland. Good for him.

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  47. Basically anyone who's good at football.....

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  48. The evidence would suggest that rather than stay and fight for his place he wants out to Milan but hey ho

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