Relegated Sky Bet Championship club Sunderland are hoping to receive an estimated windfall of around £5 million from the sale of striker Fabio Borini to Italian giants AC Milan according to the Sunderland Echo.

The 27-year-old Bentivoglio born hotshot has spent the entire 2017/2018 campaign on loan at the San Siro and the deal is now officially set to be made permanent on 1 July.

It has been reported that Sunderland are set to receive a significant transfer fee for Borini’s services with The Black Cats ready to command around £5 million for the player’s signature. The striker is believed to have one year remaining on his deal at The Stadium of Light, although the permanent move to AC Milan was agreed in principle many months ago.

Borini started his career with Chelsea where he made eight appearances before joining Liverpool. The player was used sparingly by The Reds and in September 2013, Borini joined Sunderland on a loan deal. The striker averaged a goal every four games for The Black Cats during his loan spell and the player rejoined the club on a permanent basis in August 2015 in a deal reportedly worth up to £10 million.

In his second spell at The Stadium of Light, Borini scored seven goals in 53 appearances and after the club were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship at the end of last season, the player wanted to remain at the top level of football and joined AC Milan. Borini has featured heavily for the Italian club this season and will now remain in his homeland as he looks to continue his career.

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