Fabio Borini, currently of Roma, looks set to leave the Italian capital to become Brendan Rodger’s first signing at Liverpool. On loan at Roma with the option to buy at the end of the 2011/12 season for €7m, it appears the Giallorossi won’t be able to hold onto their attacker with the Reds looking to swoop.
A Bologna youth product, he moved to Chelsea in 2007 and regularly featured in the reserves set up and frequently making the Chelsea bench. This was where he first encountered Rodgers who was reserve team coach at Chelsea at the time. Due to a poorly timed hernia operation he was unable to break into the first team, rejoining Rodgers at Swansea to become a key part of Swansea’s promotion campaign in 2011.
Returning to Italy after his loan, this season has been fruitful for the 21 year old Italian as he netted nine times in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the side from the capital. He and the side enjoyed mixed form throughout the year, followers of the Serie A not knowing what Roma side was going to turn up come matchday each weekend.
Roma had secured full rights to the player only a month ago for approximately £6m, but are willing to sell to Liverpool for a reported £7.8m with the potential to rise to £10m in the future. Borini will hope the added experience of top flight football in his native Italy will make for a more fruitful spell in England.
Rodger’s, clearly a fan of the man who made his Italy International debut this year, will be reunited with Fabio Borini for a third time in his short career.