Fabio Borini many thought would have left Liverpool before the start of the new season, or at least before the close of the last transfer window.
Borini did come close to leaving Liverpool as disclosed by Inter Milan sporting director Peiro Ausilio, who has claimed that Inter Milan wanted to sign Borini but Liverpool’s asking price was too high.
Considering Borini is not a starter at Liverpool and his chances limited, it does seem Liverpool may have made a mistake not selling Borini.
Borini was Brendan Rodgers first signing in the summer of 2012; initially he had a good start to life at Anfield, but later on found it tough and could not cope with the pressure.
Also the goals were not coming and competition emerged in the form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, thus Borini was then relegated to the bench.
In order to get his form back and get more playing time, he was loaned to fellow premier league outfit Sunderland.
His time at the stadium of light was a successful one, so impressed was the black cats manager Gus Poyet, that he was eager to sign the Italian forward on permanent basis.
At the end of the loan deal Borini returned to Liverpool and started pre-season with them.
Speculations were rife that clubs were interested in the services of Borini; it was also revealed that Liverpool was willing to let Borini go provided the price was right.
Sunderland tabled 14 million pounds to buy Borini which Liverpool accepted as both clubs reached an agreement.
Then nothing was heard again of the deal for some time, was it that Borini did not fancy going back to Sunderland and preferred to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place.
It was later revealed that the player’s wages prevented the deal going through; also it seemed there were other clubs eyeing Borini, with the player more favourable to joining such clubs and then came deadline day of the transfer window and Queens park Rangers showed interest in Borini.
The player and his agent opened talks with the club after an agreement had been reached with Liverpool, but once again the deal broke down due to high wage demands of Borini.
Borini was now set to stay at Liverpool. His agent had come out to make accusations against Liverpool, claiming Liverpool had blocked potential move for his client; Borini had come out to say he had put the transfer issues and was ready to fight for a place in club’ starting line-up, despite recent signings of Lambert and Ballotelli.
Considering the comments of Ausilio where he also said “I like Borini but Liverpool are asking for too much.
Looking back now would it not have been better for Liverpool to have sold Borini, considering Borini is not in Brendan Rodgers immediate plans and his down the pecking order for a starting shirt, it seems Liverpool would have been better off selling him.
Liverpool can still decide to sell Borini in the January transfer window, but then we do not know if clubs will be willing to take him and if they are interested will Liverpool get a good price for Borini.