Borini set to start Rodgers' Liverpool revolution

Italian's arrival signal the end of Carroll's Anfield career

Liverpool have agreed a £12 million fee to make Fabio Borini the first signing of new boss Brendan Rodgers' Anfield revolution.

The Italian arrived on Merseyside on Friday morning and is expected to have a medical at noon, after the deal was sealed when the English club offered Roma a swift profit on their investment in the young striker, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 21-year-old has previously worked with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers first at Chelsea and then when he went on loan to Swansea in the 2010/11 season.

It is something of a coup for the Reds and their new manager, with Borini considered the rising star of Italian football, after a fine first season in Serie A concluded with his inclusion in the national squad for Euro 2012.

Borini was regarded as a rich prospect by Chelsea who signed him from Bologna as a 16-year-old, but they lost him to Parma last summer, when he exercised his right to move after reaching the end of his contract.

But before even kicking a ball in anger for Parma he was loaned out to Roma, who then bought a half stake in the striker after he impressed in the early part of the season.

He scored nine times in 24 matches and, after Roma bought half of his rights in January, the Serie A club secured full ownership, at a total cost of around £6 million, last month.

Borini's form earned him a place in Italy's Euro 2012 squad but he remained on the bench throughout his country's run to the final, where they were beaten by Spain.

The arrival of Borini could signal the end of Andy Carroll's Liverpool career, with the big striker likely to be loaned out to AC Milan, though West Ham, Newcastle and Fulham have also expressed an interest in the centre forward.
 

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