Loic Remy won't be joining Liverpool after all, as the French striker reportedly failed a medical causing the Reds to pull out of a potential deal, and a lack of alternatives on the transfer market could give Fabio Borini a chance to prove himself for the club in 2014-15.
Remy's transfer to Liverpool had been dragging on for some time now, and Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol initially reported that "A medical problem was highlighted and Liverpool asked for a second opinion... I understand there is no chance of the deal being resurrected."
Fans and pundits immediately started speculating what the reason for the failed medical could be, but at this point, that's hardly relevant. However, Sky Sports claims there could be a second reason why the deal fell through—Borini.
According to the report, any deal for Remy was contingent on Borini leaving the club for Sunderland. The Italian refused and plans on proving his worth to the Reds in 2014-15, and his presence would have at least contributed to the decision to give up on Remy.
Metro's Vaishali Bhardwaj claims Liverpool could turn to Southampton's (surprise, surprise) Jay Rodriguez, but if Remy's deal fell through because of a failed medical, it seems illogical for the club to take a chance on an unaccomplished player returning from a major injury himself.
There are other options available on the transfer market, but pickings may be slimmer than fans think. The absolute top clubs have concluded their transfer business for the most part—they'd rather not part with one of their stars at this point.
The likes of Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic have already completed their moves. Someone like Karim Benzema would need some convincing to leave a club like Real Madrid, and he hardly fits Brendan Rodgers' profile.
Liverpool have the finances to pull off a major deal, but this close to the start of the new season, it's hard to find clubs willing to play ball. The Reds could turn to a young talent, but as they know all too well, those players need time to adjust to a new club and develop their game.
If Rodgers is going to turn to a youngster, why not the man reportedly partially responsible for the Remy fiasco? Borini wants his chance, and he has made it clear he's not planning on leaving the club before he gets said chance.
Sky Sports' Fabrizio Romano knows he's refused to leave the club more than once already:
Some fans have expressed anger with the Italian for his refusal to leave the club, but on some level, his desire to prove himself is admirable. Does he deserve the opportunity? Based on what he showed us last season, yes.
That's not how football works, however. Players "deserve" to win this and that and never do, and youngsters frequently get pushed to the side for new signings. Football is a business—there's no such thing as waiting your turn.
The sudden collapse of the deal for Remy changes the situation. Rodgers and Liverpool may simply be left with no better alternative, and every passing minute brings the team closer to the start of the new season.
Yes, the Reds should (and likely will) bring in another striker as reinforcement. But where it looked like Borini would be leaving the club just 24 hours ago, he suddenly may not be as expendable as we all thought.
For better or worse, the end of the negotiations between the Reds and Remy's representatives is only going to help Borini, and his future at Anfield just became a lot brighter.