Premier League side Sunderland AFC have finally completed the signing of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini for a bargain price of £10 million for a four-year deal.
Sunderland had tweeted from their official twitter handle to confirm the news of roping in the Italian striker.
The tweet read:
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 31, 2015
Here are some of the images of Fabio Borini after he was unveiled at Sunderland.
The 24-year-old Italian international striker had previously played with the Black Cats during the 2013-14 season, 24, scoring seven goals in 32 matches.
But, the striker had then rejected a permanent move to the Stadium of Light.
There are also bids on the table from Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Watford and Lazio, but none of those has so far proved acceptable to the Merseyside club. Fabio Borini was actually Brendan Rodgers’s first signing as Liverpool manager. Rodgers had paid AS Roma £11m in July 2012 for the striker. Also, Rodgers had previously worked with the striker at clubs like Chelsea and Swansea. He has scored three goals in 38 appearances for the Reds in 2 seasons.
He started his career at Bologna, before moving to Chelsea in 2007. After spending two unsuccessful seasons at Chelsea 2011, he joined then Championship side Swansea City on loan, and eventually signed for Roma, before moving to Liverpool in 2012. He spent the 2013–14 season on loan at Sunderland, becoming a fans’ favourite during his time there.
After joining the Black Cats on a four-year deal, Fabio Borini spoke exclusively to the club website where he said: “I am delighted to be back at Sunderland. It is a club I know really well from my time here previously.
“It will be emotional for me to play at the Stadium of Light again and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch as a Sunderland player.”
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat also welcomed the player with open arms. He said: “Fabio is a great addition to the squad who will make our front line stronger. He can play in a number of attacking positions which is a huge benefit to the team.”
Club sporting director, Lee Congerton, added: “Fabio is a player who I’ve known since he was 15 years old and I was fortunate enough to help recruit him to Chelsea. He has developed into a Barclays Premier League striker which we have already seen from his previous loan spell at the club, and we are delighted to have him here on a permanent basis.”