Clubs will have to stump up more than £10m if they are to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini after his successful loan spell at Sunderland.
Liverpool are asking for more than £10 million for returning forward Fabio Borini, report the Northern Echo, but Sunderland remain interested in his services after a fruitful loan spell at the Stadium of Light.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly hoping to take a look at the progress that Borini made during his season on Wearside when his players return for pre-season training, but a bid that matches the £10.5m that the Reds originally paid to AS Roma for the former Chelsea man would tempt him into selling.
Borini scored just once in 13 appearances for the Anfield club since arriving from Serie A, but was more prolific at the Stadium of Light as he hit seven league goals to help Gus Poyet’s side to Premier League safety.
Poyet is known to be a big fan of Borini but is expected to cut the wage bill at Sunderland this summer, meaning that any incoming transfers will have to be carefully considered and balanced against the players that the Uruguayan is able to move on.
According to the report, this opens up the angle of winger Adam Johnson being used in a swap deal, although Liverpool are believed to have higher priorities than the former Manchester City player.