Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Crystal Palace both tried to sign AC Milan forward Fabio Borini during the summer, according to Calciomercato.
The ex-Sunderland and Liverpool performer was a target for the duo, with the Italian giants willing to sell for £13.7 million.
Borini wasn’t exactly in the best of form last season for Milan. He netted three goals and registered one assist in 29 appearances in all competitions.
The 28-year-old was the subject of interest from both Villa and Palace but neither came forward with a suitable bid.
Villa were busy adding 12 players to their ranks during the summer; whilst Palace failed in their quest to add a striker to their ranks, with goals now looking a real concern.
The Eagles were boosted by the big-money sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka but opted to be sensible with their spending instead.
According to Capology, Borini earns £81,000-a-week at the San Siro and that could have been a deciding factor in both Villa and Palace not heading into advance talks.
TBR Verdict – Borini a busted flush in the Premier League; Palace and Villa did well to avoid
Borini’s record last season in Italy was poor and he hardly set the Premier League alight during his time in England.
In 111 games in the top-flight, he bagged just 16 goals and registered six assists and he hasn’t played in England for many years.
Villa might have lost their first two fixtures this season but it’s fair to say they have much better players in their ranks than Borini.
Palace, however, would relish a proven forward to come into the club, but Borini wasn’t the answer to their conundrum.
He is on good money in Milan and both clubs were wise to steer clear of the underperforming Italian who would have been an extremely underwhelming signing.