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Sunderland close to flogging high-earner with Serie A club set to complete deal

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Fabio Borini will move to AC Milan this summer, his agent has told Calcio Mercato.

Borini’s agent Roberto De Fanti confirmed that AC Milan will exercise the clause in his loan contract to make his move permanent.

This is despite interest from Juventus with the Serie A giants reportedly keen on his versatility.

Borini is able to play as a central striker, on either wing or as a central attacking midfielder, and AC Milan have deployed him in many positions this season.

The former Chelsea, Liverpool and Swansea City man has scored four goals and added six assists in 39 games for the Italian club this season, with two goals apiece in the Europa League and Serie A.

The 27-year-old is now set to move to AC Milan on a permanent deal as Sunderland look to get their higher earners off the wage bill in preparation for League One.

De Fanti believes Borini, who has also played for Parma, Roma and once for the Italian national side, will complete his permanent exit form The Stadium of Light soon.

He said: “Juventus? I think that such an adaptable player would be tempting for many clubs. After all, he has played for the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Roma – quality teams. The plan is to stay at Milan, as long as the club want him to remain.”

The Verdict

Borini is reportedly earning £35,000 per week at AC Milan and this is a hefty wage that Sunderland need to get off their wage bill.

The once-capped Italian international will have no interest in playing football at League One level so this suits all parties.

If Sunderland get a decent sum for Borini, that could go into a transfer kitty and be reinvested in the playing squad ahead of their summer rebuild.

Sunderland fans – Are you pleased Borini is going? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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