On Monday, the big story in Il Messaggero’s sports pages was that Sunderland’s Fabio Borini was pretty much a Lazio player.

The Italian forward has been a target for the Serie A side for a few years now, and with the Black Cats getting relegated to the Championship last season, now is the perfect opportunity for Igli Tare, their director of football, to get his man.

Il Tempo on Tuesday have a similar story on the situation, but provide a little bit more detail as to why the move hasn’t gone through yet.


There’s no reason to be worried, if Sunderland fans were starting to do so, as all that needs to be sorted is what Lazio are willing to pay Borini to return to Italy.

The versatile forward is said to be requesting a pay package of around £35k/week, which, for a team like Lazio, is a bit much considering he isn’t there to be a guaranteed starter, but to provide cover for the likes of Ciro Immobile and whoever plays on the left next year if Keita Baldé gets his move.

Looking at how quickly this has developed, and how sure two Rome-based newspapers are about it, things are on the right track (unless something goes terribly wrong like no one wanting to make compromises wage wise).

Just a few niggles to iron out, it seems.