AC Milan would have been hoping to challenge for the Serie A title in 2017/18 after embarking on that £200 million recruitment drive. In the end, however, the Rossoneri finished a distant sixth with big money signings like Andre Silva and Leonardo Bonucci proving major disappointments.
Although no one could question the contribution of one Fabio Borini.
Borini was perhaps Milan’s most underwhelming signing in the summer of 2017 but the Sunderland loanee has surprisingly become a real fan favourite at the San Siro.
He scored just twice in 29 Serie A appearances but became a vital member of the first-team squad, even filling in at full-back when required.
And, according to Calciomercato, Borini is now set to be rewarded with a permanent move to Milan, according to his agent Roberto di Fanti. Although Milan are not the only Italian giants who have been impressed by the one time Chelsea and Liverpool forward.
The report adds that Juventus, who are celebrating an historic seventh straight Scudetto, also have their eye on Borini, which shows just how far he has come since leaving Sunderland on loan last summer.
The versatile Italian once cost the Black Cats £10 million but he performed well below par as they were relegated from the Premier League in 2017, scoring just twice all season.
Yet with Milan and Juve fighting over his signature, it is clear that a return to Italy has done Borini the world of good.