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Liverpool ready to cash in on £14m Borini
Liverpool are set to sell striker Fabio Borini to Sunderland in a deal that could ultimately be worth £14 million.
Borini will be allowed to travel to the north-east of England to discuss personal terms with Sunderland, sources have told ESPN. Borini scored 10 goals as he spent last season on loan at the club, with several of his strikes coming in key victories.
He endeared himself to Sunderland fans by scoring in home and away derby league victories over Newcastle, as well as hitting three significant goals in their run to the League Cup final, in which they were beaten by Manchester City.
Arguably his most significant goal of last season, though, was the penalty that sealed a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge in April - effectively ending Chelsea's title challenge and going a long way to securing Sunderland's Premier League survival.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had indicated that he was ready to give the 23-year-old a chance at Anfield following his loan stint, but the size of Sunderland's offer has persuaded Liverpool to sell, with Rodgers feeling that he can use the money to strengthen the squad.
Rodgers is intent to use the money earned from the sale of Luis Suarez to further bolster his squad ahead of their return to the Champions League and could see his summer spending top the £100m mark.
Borini was Rodgers' first signing Anfield, arriving for £10.5m from Roma in July 2012. However, the striker had a difficult season following his arrival, missing three months with a broken foot sustained in September 2012, before he was ruled out for another two-and-a-half months when he dislocated his shoulder in February 2013.
He scored only twice for Liverpool - once in a 3-0 Europa League qualifying round victory over Belarusian side Gomel in August 2012, and again in a 6-0 Premier League victory at Newcastle the following April.
This article originally appeared on ESPN FC