By Matt Bullin
Celtic are planning a summer swoop for Sunderland striker Fabio Borini, according to a report.
The Telegraph claims the 26-year-old is available for £6million thanks to a relegation clause in his contract and Brendan Rodgers is keen on him, having previously worked with him at Liverpool and Swansea.
This comes after Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his personal website that the Scottish giants had identified Borini as a possible target.
Rodgers is a big fan of the player. He signed Borini from Roma for £12million when he was Liverpool boss, and called him the “best physical player I’ve worked with”.
Borini has struggled for form this term and has only scored two Premier League goals in 21 appearances for the Black Cats.
The one-time Italy international has reportedly been told he is allowed to leave this summer, following the club’s relegation into the Championship.
Football Insider verdict
A move away from the English leagues and a reunion with a former manager is exactly what Borini needs to reignite his career. He has struggled ever since his move to Liverpool, where injuries took their toll, and he has never looked at home at the Stadium of Light. Rodgers worked wonders this season to turn around Scott Sinclair’s career and Borini will hope he can do the same for him. Celtic have dominated on all formats domestically this term, but if they want to really challenge in Europe next year, Borini could be the man to help them do it.
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