Fabio Borini has completed a move away from Liverpool, returning to Sunderland in a deal reportedly worth an initial £8 million.
The Italian forward spent the 2013/14 season on loan at the Black Cats but turned down a permanent move last summer after a £14 million fee had been agreed between the two clubs.
Now, with days of the transfer window remaining, Sunderland have got their man – who scored 10 goals in 40 appearances for them two seasons ago.
Borini joins Sunderland despite interest from Italian sides, including Inter Milan, and despite his agent claiming earlier this summer that “Top clubs in Europe are keen on him, from the Premier League to the Bundesliga.”
The deal is reportedly worth up to £10 million for Liverpool.
Borini arrived at Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers’ first signing in July 2012, joining from AS Roma for £11 million. He scored three goals in 38 appearances for the club.
Borini joins Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert as departing forwards from Anfield this summer, with Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi replacing the trio.
The 24-year-old will wear the number 9 shirt at Sunderland.
CONFIRMED: @borinifabio29 will wear the number 9 shirt! pic.twitter.com/V5kiucc8Xk
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 31, 2015
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