Arsene Wenger looks set to be at the centre of a bidding war in the summer with reports of a intended signing of Sunderland winger Stephane Sessegnon.
The Sunderland forward has caught the eye of Wenger with his spirited performances at the Stadium of Light. Unfortunately for Arsenal it is not only Wenger who has been impressed as a host of leading European clubs are interested including Tottenham, Liverpool and his former club Paris-Saint Germain.
Sunderland signed Sessegnon in January 2011 for £6m from PSG. Under Martin O’Neill the Benin winger has impressed with a series of quality performances, including 5 goals this year, which has helped the Black Cats to enjoy a comfortable spot in the top half of the league. In fact on results for this year alone Sunderland are in the top four. The Mirror suggests that O’Neill could demand as much as £10m for him while The Mail values him at £15m plus.
Sunderland and O’Neill have yet to give up on keeping the 27 year old but admitted the Wearsiders may struggle to retain his services as his family have not settled in the North East.
‘It is something towards the end of the season I want to look at. We wouldn’t want to lose Sessegnon because of homesickness’ [O’Neill said last month].
Should Sessegnon decide to leave in the summer Arsenal will have stiff competition for him from his former club PSG. Since selling him in 2011 the Parisian club has been taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority which is thought to be giving the club strong financial backing. And with Sessegnon’s family remaining in Paris and the winger having to travel from Sunderland to visit with them, moving back may be an attractive option for him.
However he has enjoyed playing in the Premier League and knows superior transport infrastructure between London and Paris would make his commute to see his family easier, and vise-versa; the Telegraph reports. This puts both Arsenal and Tottenham back in the frame as possible destinations for the play-maker, but seems to exclude the possibility of Liverpool.
At this moment in time O’Neill has denied receiving any inquiries for Sessegnon, but it seems likely that all interested parties are likely to firm up their interest in the summer, especially before Uefa’s Financial Fairplay regulations fully come into effect. If Sessegnon does decide to leave in the summer, no matter where he ends up at least Sunderland fans will know their club is guaranteed to make a sizable profit on the £6m they invested in him.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience