Italian report suggests stumbling block in Lazio’s bid to sign Sunderland's Fabio Borini

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini could leave the club at the end of the season.

According to GianlucaDiMarzio, Lazio have begun talks over a deal to sign Sunderland’s Fabio Borini.

The Italian report claims that the Serie A side have contacted the striker’s agent over a potential summer switch, yet his current weekly wage packet at the Stadium of Light could be a problem.

Borini joined Sunderland from Liverpool on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell.

He was key in helping the side initially avoid relegation, yet this season he has had very little impact as Sam Allardyce’s men currently sit in 18th position in the table and some four points off safety.

Borini has managed just three goals in 21 Premier League matches this term, and should the club suffer relegation, the 25-year-old would be a leading contender to leave the club.

Interest from Italy has been ever-present during his time in England, and he certainly won’t be short of offers in the summer should the Black Cats fail to preserve their Premier League status come May.

The Italian report goes on to say that Sunderland will still value the player at around £8 million, the price they paid Liverpool to take him to the North East on a four-year deal.

Sunderland supporters haven’t seen the best of Borini since his move to Wearside was made permanent, and on current form it’s likely not many would miss him should he return to Italy this summer.

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