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Fabio Borini joined Liverpool from Roma in July 2012 for around £11m. The striker has previously worked with Brendan Rodgers when he was on loan at Swansea for the end of the 2010-11 Championship season, which saw Swansea promoted to the Premier League via the Playoffs.

Born in Bentivoglio, Italy, Borini was a youth player at Bologna FC, the club he supported as a boy, before becoming part of Frank Arnesen’s expensive but ultimately unsuccessful youth academy at Chelsea. He made 8 appearances for Chelsea but failed to score a senior goal for the club, but was thought highly of by Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea’s manager at the time.

After his loan spell at Swansea he decided to leave Chelsea when his contract was up, having already signed a pre-contract agreement to return to his home nation with the Italian side Parma, with compensation of around £300,000 being paid to Chelsea. He was immediately loaned out to Roma who ended up paying Parma around £6m to sign him outright.

Borini scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for his Italian club before joining Liverpool.

Fabio has represented Italy at international level from under 17 level through to the under 21 age group, and was handed his first senior cap in a 1-0 friendly defeat to the United States. He was included in the Italian squad which reached the final of Euro 2012, but was not used by manager Cesare Prandelli.