Liverpool FC have announced the signing of 21-year-old Fabio Borini from AS Roma. The Italian international began his career at Bologna before moving to Chelsea as a teenager. He was never able to stick with Chelsea, but has been impressive over the last two seasons at Swansea City -- under current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers -- and at Roma.
Borini scored nine goals in 24 Serie A appearances last season, playing as a wide forward and a center forward. While playing at Swansea in the English League Championship under Rodgers, Borini played as a center forward and scored six times in nine Championship appearances, plus three playoff appearances. If Rodgers implements a system at Liverpool similar to the one he used at Swansea last season, Borini could see time up top and out wide.
The fee is rumored to be £8 million. If that's true, Roma only made a very small profit on his sale. Parma signed him as an out of contract player last summer, for which they had to compensate Chelsea. They immediately loaned him to Roma, who bought half of his rights in a co-ownership deal later that season. Just three weeks ago, Roma purchased the remaining 50 percent of Borini's rights. The reported loan fee, initial co-ownership purchase and eventual full purchase of Borini cost Roma a reported €8.85 million, or £7 million.