The 26-year-old was part of the Black Cats side that meekly surrendered their Premier League status last season, finishing bottom of the division with just 24 points from their 38 games, 16 adrift of safety.
And Borini was one of many Sunderland stars who underperformed for the North East giants last term, scoring just twice in 24 league appearances for David Moyes’ outfit, yet relegation to the Championship has thrown his future at the Stadium of Light into doubt.
And recent reports suggest that Galatasaray are considering a move for the one-time Italy international this summer, with it reported that the Turkish giants are in ‘constant contact’ with the Black Cats over a potential deal.
Galatasaray could only manage a fourth place finish in the Super Lig last season, finishing 14 points adrift of champions Besiktas, but their league position earns them a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, so there is a European incentive for the £5.1 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) should the club firm up their interest in the coming weeks and months.
Whether they can afford to lure the 26-year-old to the club this summer remains to be seen, given they are somewhat restricted by Financial Fair Play and with Borini likely to be on Premier League wages, yet you sense that with the Black Cats embarking on a Championship campaign next term, they may look to get rid of Borini as part of a much-needed overhaul at the Stadium of Light.
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