The truth is Italy did not lose just one very talented young star when Marco Verratti moved to PSG, but on July 13, 2012 they lost Fabio Borini to Liverpool. Fabio has bounced around quite a bit for a talented 21-year-old. This being his fifth team since joining Chelsea at the ripe young age of 16.
He never actually played for Parma as they sent him to Roma on a loan deal before the start of the 2011-12 season. Fabio made a name for himself there, scoring 9 goals in 24 appearances. He earned his first cap for the Azzurri on February 29, 2012 and was later named to the Euro 2012 squad. Now here comes the sad part, Liverpool appointed Brendan Rodgers to take over from Kenny Dalglish. His goal; to bring Liverpool back to respectability. So naturally, who do you think Brendan Rodgers wanted to bring in first to begin the rebuild at Anfield? Fabio Borini. Just over 13 million Euros was the agreed transfer fee between Roma and Liverpool.
I have yet to figure out why Roma would want to part ways with their young stud. It just seems to be more of a backward step for a team that seemed to be making many strides on the transfer market this summer. It did not make sense to me at all, teams do not part with such great young talent so easily and for such low fees. Roma's new coach Zdenek Zeman prefers a 4-3-3 tactic and needless to say Borini is perfect for it. He can fit in as one of the wing forwards perfectly as he is just as good a playmaker as he is a scorer. Needless to say, I was baffled and still am. On top of all that Roma wants to replace Borini with another young Italian in Mattia Destro who is more of a pure CF than Borini, but Roma already have Pablo Osvaldo in that role, another reason the move does not make much sense for the Giallorossi.
Now I'm not usually one for conspiracies, but it seems to me that there is more at work here. So I looked a little deeper, and found out that Roma's new American owner Thomas Di Benedetto is also a partner of the Fenway Sports Group who of course recently purchased Liverpool FC. I'm not saying there is anything there, but I'm just saying. I can smell the fish all the way across the pond; or maybe that is just because both teams are in North America, and are getting set for a friendly against each other in Boston on July 25. There is definitely a lot at work here and I guess it was ineveitable that we would see dealings between these two clubs, and there will probably be much more in the future 'you pat my back, I'll pat yours'.
It may be a bad decision for Roma to let Borini go, but clearly the Fenway Sports Group believe he can be more marketable in the EPL, and with Brendan Rodgers at the helm knowing how much potential the 21-year-old Italian international has, he should be in good hands.
On the bright side of things, Toronto will get a chance to see just how talented Fabio Borini is this Saturday at the Rogers Centre when Liverpool take on our very own Toronto FC. This young man should feature in the Azzurri squad for many years to come.