Gus Poyet said the deal had been agreed. Brendan Rodgers likewise. People ‘close’ to Fabio Borini insisted he had no wish to rejoin Sunderland, this time permanently, and would hold out for a Serie A move or stick it out at Liverpool. Who knows? Rob Hutchison has the fan’s view ….
Since the news broke late Friday night that Sunderland had agreed a fee with Liverpool for Fabio Borini nerves have been jangling with rumours that the deal is on, off, on again and everything in between. Here’s a terrace look at what’s gone on. . . .
It was plain from the smug look worn by Lee Congerton in his SafSee interview a few days ago that he know far more than he was letting on. Acknowledging that we were talking to clubs every day he intimated that the club were working to make things happen.
It was nevertheless a shock when credible journos ITK said we’d agreed a fee rising to £14m with Liverpool for the loan star who had a terrific spell with us last season. Sources seemed solid and the broadsheets jumped on it, and it looked to be a done deal. But of course we’ve been here before, haven’t we.
A £13m fee agreed with Spurs for Robbie Keane came to absolutely nowt when the player announced he had no intention whatsoever of signing for Sunderland. The substantial fee we are offering Liverpool seems too good for Brendan Rogers to turn down.
In the scheme of things £10 – £11m plus add ons making up the £14m figure is probably the going rate for the lad. Proven quality at PL level with a splendid work ethic means we know exactly what we’re getting for our money with no bedding in or getting used to the PL required. He slots straight in, every week and compared to Ross McCormick or Brown Ideye who command similar initial fees, I know who I’d rather spend my money on.
So come Saturday and Borini still played what we thought would be his last game in a run out for an hour against Preston, whilst 5under1and thumped Darlo 1883.
Poyet and Rogers both confirmed a fee had been agreed and it was now down to personal terms. Borini is fiercely ambitious and I’m sure he sees himself as a player capable of holding his own in Champions League football, and possibly rightly so, as although he’s still only 23, we saw last season he’s developing at an alarming rate. With Liverpool spending the Suarez money like water on attacking replacements Rogers appears to be unable to offer Borini any guarantees in regards to match time, so when we upped our offer it was time for him to cash in.
This appears to leave the player with a dilemma. Stay and prove Rogers wrong by trying to play into the manager’s plans, or accept that it’s not gonna happen and go to the open arms of the northern masses who await his fabled return. Sources in Italy that claimed Fab was set to reject our offer and stick around were groundless said some wise voices and no need to worry it would all happen, and he wouldn’t be travelling to the USA on Sunday. Cue photos of him boarding the plane with his fellow players at lunchtime and nobody is the wiser. What to do?
For me the crux of this lies with Poyet. I find it nigh on impossible to believe that we would not have pursued the player without some intimation that there was a deal there to be had, and indeed Poyet’s comments to the press after the Darlo game echoed this sentiment. The Mail claims Borini may be holding out for an offer from an Italian CL club, but I can’t see any of those coming to the table. Whilst there’s still much to play for, my 2p worth is that we’ll see the lad back in a Sunderland shirt before the end of the transfer window. But then of course, this is Sunderland . .
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