Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is set to be rescued from the prospect of playing in the Championship.
The former Chelsea and Liverpool forward is, according to multiple sources on Wednesday, set to undergo a medical with AC Milan this week ahead of a €6m return to Serie A.
The 26-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Lazio, which would in itself have been a risky move for the Italian given his Roma past, but with the Biancocelesti walking away due to Borini’s wage demands, Milan have stepped in and agreed a deal with Sunderland.
The payment structure of the deal will see Milan pay €1.1m this summer with the remainder being paid in twelve months.
If Borini is to succeed at the San Siro then he will have to improve massively on recent goal return. Since moving to Liverpool in an £11.3m deal in 2012, the striker has scored just 19 goals in 120 appearances in all competitions (including just three in his time at Anfield) across the last five years.
Borini is the latest acquisition of a summer in which Milan are looking to spend heavily to rocket themselves back up the Serie A pecking order. The Italian giants have already spent over €80m on Andre Silva, Franck Kessie, Ricardo Rodriguez and Mateo Musacchio, and new chairman Li Yonghong has pledged more funds for manager Vincenzo Montella if needed to seriously challenge Juventus next season.
Things are far less rosy for Sunderland, however, Still without a manager since David Moyes’ resignation last month, top scorer Jermain Defoe is set to leave for Bournemouth in the coming days while owner Ellis Short is keen to sell the club to a German consortium.