Fabio Borini is off to Milan. Nice to know making a big impact earns you a move to the big clubs...or is it more testament to the fall(ing)en Italian giants?
AC Milan are a massive club, there's no doubt about that. Four terrible seasons don't take away 18 league titles and seven Champions League victories. But for the Rossoneri to be targeting the likes of Fabio Borini, and be willing to pay us £5 million for the privilege, you have to question their aspirations of returning to past glories.
Sunderland were the worst team in the Premier League last season, by a considerable distance, and our readers voted Borini as our worst player. How do AC Milan go from winning titles with Zlatan Ibrahimovic to loaning the poorest performer in the poorest Premier League side?
Its quite an incredible fall from grace considering they finished first in Serie A just six years ago. Since their subsequent runner up spot, Milan have failed to qualify for the Champions League in the last four seasons. Most recently they finished 28 points behind winners Juventus in sixth place and 23 points behind Champions League qualification.
I'm all for the deal, anything to take the Italian and his massive wages (or some of them at least) off our hands is a good deal for Sunderland. It's also a fantastic opportunity for Borini, so we can expect the deal to completed in due course.
Borini's exit represents the start of the 'clear out'. Jordan Pickford has already left, but that was purely down to the huge bid from Everton rather than a genuine desire from Sunderland to be rid of the academy product's services. The clear out could eventually reach double figures, if we're lucky, with Lamine Kone heading the list of expected exits in the next month or so. The Sunderland casino is wide open, click here to place your bets and get yourself an average footballer to disappoint you next season.
There aren't many Sunderland players that we'd genuinely feel disappointed about losing. So Kone, Wahbi Khazri, Steven Pienaar, Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson, Vito Mannone, Seb Larsson, Adam Matthews, Will Buckley - cheerio. Please take Jack Rodwell with you, please.