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Rumour Mill: Fabio Borini to Fiorentina

Liverpool may finally unload one of their unwanted trio of players, with Fabio Borini the subject of talks with Fiorentina.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 10, 2015: Liverpool's Fabio Borini and Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Borini has been made to train away from the rest of the first-team squad, along with Mario Balotelli and Jose Enrique. The trio were also excluded from the club’s pre-season tour, in a clear indication that they aren’t wanted at Anfield.

Borini, a £10 million signing in Brendan Rodgers’ first summer at the club, was expected to leave last summer but he turned down a permanent move to Sunderland after the club accepted a £14 million bid.

According to reports on Wednesday, Fiorentina are to hold talks with Liverpool officials in London ahead a move – although it’s not stated whether that’s a loan deal or a permanent move.

The Viola were linked with Borini last month, after reportedly ending their interest in Balotelli.

That came after the player’s agent had claimed: “There are teams from all over Europe interested in him” and that Borini “feels like a lion in a cage.”

Borini started just five games for Liverpool last season, the last of those being at Aston Villa in January – a match he scored in. Since then he made just four sub appearances.

Fiorentina finished fourth in Serie A last season and will play in the Europa League in 2015/16.

Liverpool’s focus in the remaining weeks of the transfer window is to get rid of Borini, Balotelli and Enrique, with all three proving difficult to shift.


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