On the collapse of a proposed £6 million move to Inter Milan, Fabio Borini has been offered the chance to return to Sunderland this summer.
That is according to widespread reports on Sunday evening.
Paul Joyce of the Express writes that “Borini is set to move to the Stadium of Light for an initial £8m after seeing a proposed switch to Inter Milan collapse.”
“Borini has said his goodbyes to his Liverpool team-mates and had been expected to return to Italy with Inter.
“But that move was called off and Sunderland are now in pole position to land Borini, who had been made to train on his own by manager Brendan Rodgers.
“They would pay an additional £2m depending on the player’s progress.”
These reports are corroborated by the Times‘ Tony Barrett, who suggests that the deal has been agreed between the two clubs:
Sunderland look set to sign Fabio Borini after agreeing a fee (£8m plus £2m in add ons) for the forward.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) August 30, 2015
He rejected a permanent move to the Stadium of Light club last summer, but having played just 394 minutes of league football for the Reds in 2014/15, his stance may have changed.
Borini would join up with former Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates, who made his previous loan move permanent this summer.
The first signing of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool tenure, Borini quickly fell out of favour under the Ulsterman.
Despite a paucity of attacking options last season, Borini’s lack of game time—and the promotion of an out-of-position Raheem Sterling to a leading centre-forward’s role—signalled the end for the former AS Roma striker on Merseyside.
Borini is a talented, mid-level forward, and Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat will be hoping he can link up with the experience Jermain Defoe to drag his side out of another relegation battle.
For Liverpool, a deal worth up to £10 million would represent phenomenal business.