Fabio Borini is training in a Merseyside park.
The Italian, who has represented clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool and AC Milan, is currently without a team, after his short-term contract with Hellas Verona expired.
Despite being approached by a number of clubs in Serie A over the summer, Borini rejected the chance because he’s determined to find a new team on these shores. Gazzetta dello Sport says there’s interest, from ‘Watford, Burnley and especially Swansea’, yet there’s still nothing concrete.
Borini played for Swansea City back in 2011, whilst on-loan from Chelsea, so a move to the Welsh club would see him return nearly a decade later. Now 29-years-of-age, he’s determined to show he’s got a lot of football left in him.
Speaking to Gazzetta, he said: “I had the proposals in Italy, also concrete and important, but I gave myself the necessary time to have the opportunity to return to England, perhaps even with minor offers economically, my idea was to return to the United Kingdom.
“It is the experience that formed me from an early age, the lifestyle, the football and work mentality that was impressed on me. As for example in American films they try to be the perfect soldier, they instil the mentality of the invincible: I am not saying that I feel invincible, but it is the mentality that I have in my head and I feel the need to relive.”
That’s the kind of attitude Watford, Burnley or Swansea would be looking for if they convert their interest into a contract offer.
But, for now, Borini is still training alone in a park, and will hope the telephone call comes quickly.