“Top clubs in Europe” keen on “caged lion” Fabio Borini, claims agent

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Liverpool forward Fabio Borini wants to leave the club this summer, according to his agent.

PRESTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 19, 2014: Liverpool's Fabio Borini in action against Preston North End's Keith Keane during a preseason friendly match at Deepdale Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Borini made just 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool in the 2014-15 campaign and the Italian wants a move away from Anfield in search of more playing time.

“Fabio wants a new experience,” Borini’s agent Marco De Marchi said to Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport. “We expected more consideration from Liverpool.

“There are teams from all over Europe interested in him.

“Top clubs in Europe are keen on him, from the Premier League to the Bundesliga and there also clubs in Italy, but many clubs in Italy have had coaching changes and that has slowed things down.

“He has no preference, he just wants a team that gives him a clear chance to prove himself.

“Right now he feels like a lion in a cage.”

Borini joined Liverpool in the summer of 2012 from Roma and is under contract with the Reds for another season.

The 24-year-old scored seven goals in 25 league starts while on loan at Sunderland in the 2013-14 campaign.

Liverpool reportedly agreed a £12million fee with Sunderland to sell Borini last summer but the player turned down a permanent move to Wearside.

“His current value is that given by Sunderland last year,” De Marchi said. “However, that figure could be affected by the season he’s had at Liverpool and the fact that in a year his contract runs out.

“For the time being, everything is on standby as the player is currently on his honeymoon but will return shortly.”

Liverpool have already bolstered their forward line with the signing of Burnley‘s England Under-21 international Danny Ings but the writing was already on the wall for Borini as Belgium striker Divock Origi, a £10million capture last summer, will return for pre-season after being loaned back to his former club.

Compatriot Simon Mignolet is looking forward to seeing his 20-year-old international team-mate get his chance at Anfield.

LILLE, FRANCE - Thursday, October 23, 2014: Lille OSC's Divock Origi in action against Everton during the UEFA Europa League Group H match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“He’s only young but on the other side he’s also quite experienced, having played in Ligue 1 in France and with the Belgian national team,” the Reds goalkeeper told the official Liverpool FC magazine.

“He’s got a lot of ability, he is quick and can score a goal and he is willing to work for the team and put pressure on defences.

“He’s got a great attitude, so what more do you want? I am looking forward to when he is going to join.”

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