31 Aug 2015

Offer Accepted: Liverpool agree £10m transfer for 'exceptional' striker who wants move to Inter Milan

Another day, another Fabio Borini transfer rumour. Last week, Spurs were allegedly interested in signing Borini, but it now appears that the Italian has his heart set on a return to his homeland.

According to Sunday's edition of Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport:

"Borini has become a really strong target for Inter, and the Italian striker is very interested in a transfer".

The Daily Mail further reports:

"Sunderland have now offered £8m plus a further £2m in bonus payments [for Borini], which has been accepted by Liverpool".

A move to Inter seems far more probable than a belated move to Sunderland, and if Borini - hailed by Rodgers in January for his 'exceptional' impact against Aston Villa - is happy to move, then that's great.

Quite why Sunderland are persisting with the pursuit is anyone's guess. Borini made it clear last year that he's not interested in signing for the Black Cats, and to be honest, who can blame him?

Sunderland is a massive step down from Liverpool, and the club is languishing at the foot of the Premier League table.

Additionally, Dick Advocaat is on a one-year contract, and there's no guarantee that he'll even make it to Christmas. None of this is conducive to attracting players.

With regards to the potential Inter transfer, the sticking point will inevitably come with the transfer/salary package:

* Borini is reportedly on £55k-a-week at Liverpool, and unless Inter pay his full salary (unlikely), he will probably reject the move and stay at Anfield.

* The other option is for Liverpool to subsidise Borini's salary, but that partly defeats the object of any transfer, and will mean that he's merely on loan, when the club probably want exorcise him permanently from the club.

* Liverpool are already subsidising Mario Balotelli's wages this season, and if a similar agreement is reached for Borini, then the club is basically being fleeced.

* Balotelli and Borini cost a combined £27m, and if the deal goes through, the two Milan clubs will benefit from that outlay whilst they pay peanuts for each player's salary.

* Additionally, a loan deal is a bad idea as Italian clubs rarely take up any option to buy.

As I see it, outside of a subsidised loan (or a surprise Sunderland U-turn by Borini) there's only one viable option open to Liverpool: Sell Borini for a cut-price fee (£5m-£7m)

Just take the loss; it'll sting, but if it gets Borini out of the door permanently, it'll be worth it.

Author: Jaimie K


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