Anfield exit nears for Fabio Borini

Out-of-favour forward Fabio Borini appears to have finally realised his time at Liverpool is up after his agent criticised the club’s treatment of the player.

Anfield exit nears for Fabio Borini

The Italian turned down two chances to leave last summer with both QPR and Sunderland — where he spent a successful season on loan — making offers in the region of £14 million (€20m) which were acceptable to the Reds.

But despite being effectively told by manager Brendan Rodgers he had little chance of much playing time, the 24-year-old opted to stick it out at Anfield, making just five starts in 18 appearances and scoring one goal last season.

Borini has only three goals from 38 games in his Liverpool career and agent Marco de Marchi accepts it is now time for him to move on.

“We expected more consideration from Liverpool,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“Fabio feels like having a new experience. He has no preference, he just wants a team that gives him a clear chance to prove himself.

“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.”

Liverpool have already bolstered their forward line with the signing of Burnley’s England U21 Danny Ings but the writing was already on the wall for Borini as Belgium striker Divock Origi, a £10m 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 Origi get his chance at Anfield.

“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.”

Across Merseyside, England defender Phil Jagielka has signed a one-year contract extension with Everton.

Toffees captain Jagielka, who has won 36 caps for England, will now remain at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018. “It’s always nice to feel wanted,” Jagielka said.

Tottenham have completed the signing of Burnley defender Kieran Trippier on a five-year contract.

The 24-year-old right-back, who is believed to have had a £3.5m release clause, leaves Turf Moor after four years.

Trippier will link up with striker Harry Kane at White Hart Lane, the England U21 man confirming he plans to stay in north London. Kane says he is “flattered” to be linked with Manchester United but insists he is happy at the Lane.

“I’ve seen there’s interest but that’s all I know,” he told Sky Sports News HQ. “It’s flattering for other clubs to maybe be interested but I’m happy at Spurs and I’m looking forward to the future.”

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