Rumour Mongering: Sunderland Hoping to Complete Borini Transfer

Paul Thomas

Liverpool are yet to sell any of those in the first-team picture this summer, but it's looking as though Fabio Borini could be the first if the club are able to agree a price with Sunderland.

Earlier in what turned out to be an enjoyable day--before Brazil edged past Chile in a penalty shootout and before James Rodriguez pushed himself to the front of the race for Player of the Tournament honors--there was further transfer talk, but in a departure from yesterday's barrage of potential incomings, it was focused on a name that could well be leaving Liverpool in the near future.

Sunderland have been after Fabio Borini since the season ended, as the Italian striker enjoyed a successful season on loan and endeared himself to supporters on Wearside. Liverpool still might give the 23-year-old a chance to secure a regular spot in the first team, but they also appear willing to part ways with a player who never quite got settled if the price is right. Sunderland are working in that direction, and in the past few days they've reportedly tabled an offer in the region of £8-10m.

For most that would be an agreeable amount; as mentioned, Borini struggled to find his footing at Liverpool in a season interrupted by injury, and recouping nearly all of his original £12m fee would seem a good bit of business. Liverpool are still holding out, however, as they're looking to get all of their money back on the player before agreeing to a deal that would see him depart on a permanent basis.

Regardless, the sentiment mostly remains the same. Fabio Borini is a likable player, and one who's at the point where he deserves a shot at regular first-team football. Hopefully this summer sees him land in a spot where he can build a career--if that's at Liverpool, great, but if not, we'll still be pulling for him.

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