The Serie A club have reportedly moved closer to signing Fabio Borini
The Italian will join Fiorentina on loan initially before completing a £4million move next summer, according to reports.
Speculation started after reports claimed the two clubs had opened up talks regarding a move for the former Roma forward.
Now, the 24-year-old could be set for a return to his homeland with Fiorentina reportedly concluding a transfer deal, according to Gazzette dello Sport.
Liverpool signed the former Italy U21 international in July 2012 for a fee of €13.3million on the back of scoring nine goals in 24 games, whilst on loan at Roma.
The Bologna academy product had spent time in England before – joining Chelsea back in the summer of 2007 where he finished top scorer for the reserves that season.
Benteke defends move
Christian Benteke, who recently joined the Merseyside club from Aston Villa in a £32.5million deal, has hit back at claims he has joined the wrong club.
His former manager, Tim Sherwood, said the Belgium international had made the wrong decision as Liverpool didn’t cross the ball enough.
However, Benteke says he has made the right choice and can play with his feet as well as being good in the air.
“I said football has changed and I can adapt. It is not just about crossing, I can score normal goals too. I told him I am not afraid about it.
“If Liverpool bought me, then they know how to use me. That is why I came here and I can show I can play with my feet, too” said Benteke.
Written by Jack Wynne – @JackRobertWynne