Crystal Palace were known to be keen on the prospect of landing a striker during the transfer window this summer but for a multitude of reasons, none of our approaches materialised into anything more than media speculation, including it seems a move for AC Milan man Fabio Borini.
The Italian, who is now 28, has previously spent time in England with Chelsea, Liverpool and Sunderland and whilst he failed to ever set the world alight on these shores, his name remains one which is instantly recognisable to English fans and coaches alike. According to a report from CalcioMercato, both Palace and Aston Villa lodged formal enquiries over a potential transfer with AC Milan and were receptive to the suggestion of a €15 million fee, only for the player himself to pour cold water on any suggestion of a switch taking place.
Having worked under Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro for the last couple of years, Fabio is thought to have been enthused about the potential offered by Marco Giampaolo’s appointment in Milan this summer and as such, has chosen to stay put in an attempt to convince his new boss that he still has a big part to play in Serie A.
You can’t really blame a striker in his peak years for trying to prove himself worthy of starting regularly for one of Europe’s historical giants rather than joining a side who will more than likely be fighting it out in the bottom half of the Premier League by May and if we’re being honest, his previous experiences in England don’t suggest he’d have scored more than five or six times across a full campaign regardless of regular games in red and blue.
For now, it looks as though Roy Hodgson will persevere with Benteke, Wickham, Ayew and Zaha at the head of the Palace attack, as he tries desperately to get the goals flowing; it’ll be interesting to see if Borini makes any significant strides in Milan from afar.