7 Aug 2015

Offer Accepted: Liverpool agree cut-price £5m transfer for 'outstanding' attacker who refused to quit Anfield

Hoorah! After a seemingly interminable transfer saga, it looks like Fabio Borini's time at Anfield is finally coming to an end.

Borini is currently linked with a whole host of teams in Serie A, with Fiorentina reportedly leading the chase, but new reports today suggest that Lazio have now entered the race.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

* Lazio have 'made ​​contact' with Borini's agent, and an 'agreement in principle' has been reached, though Liverpool are 'not convinced' by the transfer fee.

* The Reds have also reportedly accepted a €7m [£5m] bid from Fiorentina, though there are complications with that proposed deal as the Viola want to pay in installments.

In my view, Liverpool should just do whatever it takes to get Borini off the books, but a few things to consider:

* If Liverpool sell Borini for £5m it will represent a 55% loss on his original £11m transfer fee.

* If - as seems likely - Lazio's offer is lower than Fiorentina's, the potental loss could be even bigger.

* Last summer, Borini's agent, Marco di Manchi confirmed that Sunderland put in a £14m offer for Borini, so the theoretical loss is even greater as the Reds could've actually *profited* from the player.

Borini - hailed by Rodgers in October for his 'outstanding' performance against Swansea - is a bona-fide transfer flop, and his departure won't make the slightest difference to anything at Anfield.

That said, it's fair to say that Brendan Rodgers played a major part in Borini's failure to establish himself at Anfield. Like Balotelli, and Lambert, the striker barely played in his first and third seasons, and when he did, Rodgers invariably played him out of position.

From the sounds of it, it seems like Liverpool have reached agreements with the clubs involved, not the player, and given his refusal to leave in the past, there's no guarantee that Borini will agree to leave this time.

With the influx of new players this season, it'll be madness for Borini to reject the chance of a move away. That said, his current deal expires in 2017, and he could conceivably choose to just run down his contract and collect a fat salary for the next two seasons.

Hopefully, that won't happen (!)

Author: Jaimie K


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