Gus Poyet confident of signing Fabio Borini for £14million, with Sunderland boss willing to fly Liverpool forward back from America
Fabio Borini travels to United States with Liverpool amid transfer sagaSunderland manager Gus Poyet is willing to fly Borini back from America to join up with Black Cats training camp in PortugalBorini wants to keep options open in case Champions League club from abroad match agreed £14milion fee23-year-old scored 10 goals on loan at Sunderland last seasonPoyet confirms ‘we have agreed terms with Liverpool’ to make deal
Published: 15:59 BST, 20 July 2014 | Updated: 10:09 BST, 21 July 2014
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is still confident he will land Fabio Borini in a £14million deal, despite the striker boarding the flight to Liverpool’s tour to the States.
The two clubs have agreed the fee for the Italian forward.
And Poyet is still planning to speak to Borini and his representatives on Monday.
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FABIO BORINI FACT FILE
BORN: Italy, March 29 1991 (age 23)
2009-2011: Chelsea (4 apps, 0 gls)
2011-2011: Swansea (loan) (9, 6)
2011-2012: Parma (0, 0)
2011-2012: Roma (loan) (24, 9)
2012-NOW: Liverpool (13, 1)
2013-2014: Sunderland (loan) (32, 7)
2012-NOW: Italy (1, 0)
But doubts now surround the deal after Borini was pictured with the Liverpool squad leaving Merseyside on Sunday.
However, Poyet is ‘relaxed’ about the apparent setback and optimistic he can persuade the 23-year-old to return to Sunderland where he spent last season on loan.
The Sunderland manager will still speak with Borini’s agents and is prepared to fly him back from America to join up with Sunderland’s training camp in Portugal this weekend.
While still keen to speak to Poyet, Borini is not in a rush to sign for Sunderland and is understood to have told Rodgers he would rather wait and keep his options open.
He hopes a Champions League club from abroad will match Poyet’s bid after being told he has no future at Anfield.
Poyet said: ‘What I can inform you is that we have agreed terms with Liverpool.
‘It’s an ongoing thing. We’ve done the steps that we needed to do properly, but the next step is that we are still waiting for the correspondence. Then we will go on from there, doing everything official, in the right way.
‘I think Fabio’s impact is clear, as is the reason why we want to spend that quantity of money. We know how much he can give us because we know him perfectly. It would be perfect for us.
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‘I’m really calm regarding Fabio and Marcos because as everyone knows, it’s not about numbers or quantity, it’s more about the quality of your signings. I’m delighted with what we’ve done so far.’
Sweden international Seb Larsson has welcomed the potential addition of Borini who became a cult hero on Wearside last season after notching two goals against rivals Newcastle.
The veteran midfielder, who signed a new deal in the summer despite interest from Italy, Turkey and Sweden, says the 23-year-old former Chelsea and Parma striker will be welcomed back to the North East by players and fans.
Larsson said: ‘It would be a really big deal for the club. Fabio was here last year and did really well, so he knows the place and we know him.
‘Of course that would be a great signing, but for the people behind the scenes to deal with and we’ll have to see if it gets over the line.
‘He showed last year just what a good player he is, especially in the second half of the season. We all know what he can bring to the team, and you need as many good players as you can to help improve the competition in the squad.
‘If Fabio returns, it will help everyone else drive on and get better.’
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