Despite the transfer window now being closed until January, rumours continue to circulate about comings and goings at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers strengthened well over the summer, bringing in a handful of top-quality players, but the latest reports indicate the potential departures of Suso and Fabio Borini.
Both were players who were expected to leave in the summer, per the Daily Mail's Dominic King:
Not expecting any arrivals at @LFC today, just a few to go. Coates to Sunderland on a season-long loan. Assaidi, Suso, Borini still waiting— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) September 1, 2014
Both parties are ready to close the deal, now they just need to wait for when it will be possible to formalize the agreement. Milan beat the competition from Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, which negotiated the purchase of Suso from Liverpool for a €3M fee.
The 20-year-old Spaniard impressed for the Reds when he first came on the scene, making his senior debut in 2012, but he was loaned out to La Liga club Almeria last season.
While at Almeria, Suso scored three league goals and provided seven assists, per WhoScored.com, a decent return.
But the wealth of attacking talent at Liverpool in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Philippe Coutinho makes it unlikely Suso will be able to force himself into the side.
It is a similar story with Borini, a player who had the opportunity to depart Anfield in the summer before moves to QPR and Sunderland—where he spent last season on loan—collapsed due to wage demands, per Chris Young in the Sunderland Echo.
The Serie A side couldn't move for him this summer due to a lack of transfer funds but they will move on Man Utd target Fredy Guarin or Zdravko Kuzmanovic early to boost their kitty.
A bid in the region of £10m will then be launched which Anfield chiefs are likely to accept.
Whether Inter will be prepared to meet the Italian's personal demands, reported by the Evening Standard's James Olley, is not confirmed:
Borini deal to QPR on verge of collapse over player's wages. Issue same as revealed earlier - he's demanding £90k-a-week.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) September 1, 2014
Borini has taken some criticism for rejecting the potential moves to other Premier League clubs, per Chris Bascombe in the Daily Telegraph, but seemingly is confident he made the right decision looking at his Twitter feed:
Finally the madness is finished! I protected the MAN and the player that I am today...— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
...taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn't want it...— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
...and I m VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
Indeed, if he does end up moving to the San Siro in January, he will have been largely vindicated, as Inter are undoubtedly a bigger club than Sunderland or QPR.
However, he faces at least a few months of bench-warming at best, as he is unlikely to get any kind of consistent starting spot in Rodgers' attacking unit.