Wednesday morning has brought a new report saying that Newcastle United have made an offer for Fabio Borini.
It is claimed that bids of between 10m and 12m euros (£9m-£10.8m) have been received by AC Milan from Newcastle United and a Chinese club.
The report is from TMW in Italy and states that despite the striker’s Sunderland past, Rafa Benitez still wants to take him to Newcastle United.
Whilst there is little doubt Rafa Benitez is desperate to add creativity and goals in January, and will almost certainly have to do it on a very limited (non-existent?) budget, it is very hard to see Fabio Borini fitting the bill.
His Sunderland credentials are the very least obstacles to any transfer to St James Park, despite him scoring home and away for the Mackems when beating Pardew’s NUFC twice in 2013.14.
Last season on loan for AC Milan, the striker started 19 Serie A games and was named on the bench 17 times, scoring two goals and getting three assists.
This campaign, Borini has only started three league matches, playing 304 Serie A minutes in total, scoring no goals and getting one assist.
This is a very very average AC Milan side finishing a distant sixth last season 31 points behind champions Juventus, whilst this season they are already 22 points off the top, back in fifth.
If Fabio Borini can’t get any kind of regular football for them, it is difficult to see him being good enough to transform things for Newcastle in the Premier League.
The transfer story is hardly helped either by the price tag, the striker cost only £5m when signed from Sunderland in June, so how exactly his value has doubled with one assist in six months is anybody’s guess.
I suppose the only thing you can say about any transfer story linked with Newcastle, that Rafa Benitez is likely to have so little money to spend, it is difficult to totally rule out any potential ‘bargain’ transfer.
Borini’s best season in his career in terms of goals, was that 2013/14 season when he scored seven Premier League goals.