Sunderland have reportedly submitted a bid for Liverpool flop, Fabio Borini, according to the Daily Mail. After a successful season on loan at the club, they could now look to bring him in on a permanent deal.
Sunderland have offered Liverpool £10million, in a bid to test their resolve, but Anfield bosses are thought to be holding out for around £12.5million.
Liverpool paid Roma around £10.5million for the young striker, just two years ago, but are unwilling to lose money on the player, no matter how minimal the amount. The offer is thought to be £8million up-front, with £2million in performance related add-ons.
Borini made 41 appearances for Sunderland last term, scoring 12 goals and providing five assists.
The Italian inflicted Jose Mourinho to his first ever Stamford Bridge defeat, after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Chelsea. Borini particularly impressed in the later stages of the Premier League, scoring key goals to help the club avoid relegation, and was voted the club’s young player of the season.
However, whether Sunderland land their man could be decided by Southampton, with Liverpool reportedly offering him as a makeweight in a deal to land Adam Lallana, which may also appear a more attractive option for Borini.
Whether permanently or on loan, the 23-year-old is unlikely to remain at Anfield next season, with Liverpool in talks to land Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, which would limit his first-team opportunities even further.