Fabio Borini has offered a solution to Liverpool’s search for a new central defender.
The Italian striker, speaking to Sky Sport 24, said that that Luca Caldirola would be a good signing for Liverpool.
Borini, who endured an injury hit first season at Liverpool, was responding to a question posed by the reporter, who asked “Which player from the national side would I advise Liverpool to sign?”
“I would always tell them to take our captain Caldirola,” said Borini
Before adding, “It gives me and would give any player great peace of mind to have him playing behind you.”
Borini and Caldirola were part of the Italian under-21 team that recently lost in the final of the European Championship again Spain with Inter Milan star Caldirola captaining the side.
The 22 year old is co-owned between Inter and Cesena and spent the second half of the season on loan at Serie B side Brescia.
The 6ft 2” defender is highly rated and played a crucial role for his national team on their way to a 4-2 defeat to Spain in the final. Italy only conceded one goal in the group stages keeping clean sheets in the wins over highly rated England and hosts Israel.
Caldirola, who gave away a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Norway, showed he tactical and positional awareness in the in the quarter final win over Holland ensuring a third clean sheet with by blocking a goal bound effort.
He could not contain a Thiago Alcantara inspired Spain in the final with the Barcelona’s man imperious hat-trick helping his nation to a 4-2 success.
However despite the disappointment of losing in the final his performances ensured that he was named in the official UEFA squad of the tournament.
Despite the efforts of his ‘agent’ Borini, a move to Liverpool looks unlikely with Bild reporting that Werder Bremen are closing in on a 3 million deal for the defender.
Werder new manager Thomas Gauge is believed to be keen on the player and the German side are reportedly close to finalising a deal for the player.
The fee for the player is set to be in the region of €3 million although the transfer is not a foregone conclusion with Lazio monitoring events very closely.
Whether or not Liverpool would be interested remains to be seen although at 22 and highly rated the defender would fit the club policy of buying young, hungry players that would have re-sell value.