After a successful season on loan at Sunderland, many held out hopes that Fabio Borini would get another chance at Liverpool. His first season on the books was less than fruitful, interrupted by injury on two separate occasions, but a number of important goals for a Sunderland side that managed to avoid relegation indicated that there could be a way back for the Italian striker. Unfortunately it doesn't look like that's going to be the case, as Liverpool and Sunderland have reportedly struck a deal to move him back to Wearside on a permanent basis.
Sunderland have agreed a fee with Liverpool for Fabio Borini. The deal will be worth up to £14m if Borini can agree personal terms.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) July 18, 2014
That's just too good of a deal for Liverpool to pass up, turning a £2m profit on a player that hadn't yet made a signficiant impact on Merseyside. I'd guess the club had every intention of hanging onto him heading into next season, but this is an offer that cannot be turned down. Likely a part of the plan in some way, but not an integral piece, which means the sale makes a world of sense from Liverpool's perspective.
Very likable, hard-working player, and one that will hopefully build on the bright season he had under Gus Poyet. We'll certainly be following him closely, and wish him the best of luck.