1 Sept 2014

Late Transfer: LFC hold talks with Euro giants to sell 'terrific' star for £15m. Good deal?

Dead man walking? Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given the strongest indication yet that Fabio Borini's Anfield career is over, and with 24 hours to go before the transfer window closes, Inter Milan have entered the race to sign the Italian striker.

During his pre-Spurs press conference on Friday, Rodgers seemingly hammered the final nail into Borini's coffin. He told reporters:

"I think Fabio's situation is clear. For him, it's best to move on and get playing regularly."

It doesn't get much clearer than that (!)

Last month, Borini's agent, Marco De Marchi confirmed that Sunderland 'made ​​an important offer of 18 million Euros' for Borini, and according to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport this weekend:

* Inter Milan have contacted Liverpool and proposed a loan-to-buy arrangement.

* LFC have rejected that proposal, and told Inter that they'll have to cough up £15m to sign Borini.

If Liverpool are that desperate to sell 'terrific' Borini, then slapping a £15m price-tag on him doesn't seem to make much sense, especially when dealing with cash-strapped Serie A sides, who generally baulk at higher transfer fees.

Whatever happens, surely Borini has to accept that he has no future at Anfield? Rodgers isn't often this emphatic about a player's future, but he makes it crystal clear that the striker is not in his plans.

I really can't see why Borini would want to stay:

* Used sparingly by Rodgers in his first season, and rarely played as a central striker.
* Sent out on loan in his second season, which was clearly a vote of no confidence.
* Replaced 3 times this summer (Balotelli, Origi, Lambert). Another vote of no-confidence.
* Currently 4th choice striker, behind 32-year old Lambert.
* Rodgers even considered bringing in 33-year old Eto'o instead of relying on Borini.
* Rodgers has now made a very unsubtle public plea for Borini to leave.

How much humiliation can one player take? Given the above, if Borini refuses to leave by the transfer deadline, then it'll be hard to understand his mindset. He seems like a decent guy, and surely, at his age, he'll want to play regular football, and the only way that's going to happen is if he leaves.



  1. I think he just wants to hold out for the best possible team. If Milan are interested you're not necessarily going to want to go to Sunderland. So he is sensible enough to hold out to see if he can go to some other team, however if no deal goes through at all then I'd be very surprised. I'm guessing that he'll seal the deal with Sunderland because, as you say, Milan are not going to fork out that kind of money. I'd expect it to be wrapped up today.

  2. he's like this girl who can't let go of a bad boyfriend

  3. What do we have to do, abduct him and take him to another Club, smell the coffee Fabio.
    On another note, Alberto Moreno, what a performance, not just his goal, I know now why we were so determined to get him.

  4. Absolutely. His speed allows him to break exceedingly quickly- twice he was our most forward player- but it also allowed him to tackle back effectively.

    Hope he keeps it up- Enrique showed very little when he came on, s

  5. Emre Can was very impressive also, when he came on,
    And Markovic has a 100% pass completion rate so far in two cameo's.

  6. Enrique came on with 5mins to go, geez.