Aston Villa were turned down by AC Milan player Fabio Borini during the summer transfer window, according to Calciomercato.
Villa, alongside Crystal Palace, had offered €15m (£13.5m) for the former Liverpool and Sunderland man, which met Milan’s demands, but it was not enough to attract Borini, who has worked to make himself a viable option for Marco Giampaolo.
Borini started 10 Serie A matches for Milan last season, coming on as a substitute in 10 more, scoring twice and assisting twice, as per WhoScored.
The Italian made an impact in both the attacking and defensive phases, making 0.7 key passes, 0.4 dribbles, as well as 0.7 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 0.9 clearances per game.
As pointed out in Calciomercato’s article, the main reason for his maintained playing time in Milan has been adaptability and his ability to deal with different positions – having featured as a striker, full-back and now a midfielder.
Someone who is so adaptable is someone who could be very useful for any side, as the manager knows they have someone they can rely upon.
However, with Villa having signed 12 different players that isn’t necessarily something they need, as they have gone out and ensured they have various options across the whole of the pitch.
While Borini could have been a decent signing, he is not someone the club will massively rue missing out on.
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