Sunday, March 26, 2017

Roma confirm Liverpool bid for Borini

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has confirmed that Liverpool have made an offer for striker Fabio Borini.

Liverpool are in advanced talks with Roma over an eight million euros deal for the Italy international, who only arrived at the Stadio Olimpico last summer, initially on loan from Parma.

It has been speculated that the proposed transfer could go through before the end of week but Sabatini explained that Roma have yet to decide on the player’s future.

“There is real interest in the player,” he told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

“We are evaluating the offer with (general manager Franco) Baldini.”

Sabatini also confirmed that Roma are giving serious thought to selling the player, who netted nine times in 24 Serie A appearances last season.

“It’s an option that we have,” the 57-year-old said. “We’ll see how we work it.”

Borini, who was included in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad, spent four years at Chelsea but joined Parma last summer after a successful loan spell at Swansea, where he worked under new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Meanwhile, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is hoping to be part of Rodgers’ plans in the upcoming season after penning a new long-term contract.

The 20-year-old spent part of last season on loan at Championship side Blackpool before returning to Anfield and making 21 appearances in all competitions under former manager Kenny Dalglish.

Shelvey is delighted to have committed his future to the club and believes his style of play could thrive under former Swansea City boss Rodgers’ passing style.

“I am really happy,” he told the club’s official website.

“Last season I was itching to try and push for a new contract. Now it’s happened and I am ready to kick on again now.

“It’s lovely to know I am in the plans for the future. At the moment, it’s just about getting things right each day and proving myself to the gaffer here.

“The gaffer and his way of playing will suit me down to the ground and hopefully I can be in his plans.”

The former Charlton Athletic youngster believes his spell at Bloomfield Road helped him grow as player.

“I think going away (on loan) to Blackpool helped me a lot. It gave me some experience, I scored some goals and I came back a better player.”

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