Sunderland have been handed a date for a vote on the English Football League’s potential salary cap as preparations for the 2020/21 season begin.
After finishing eighth in League One in 2019/20, the Black Cats will now embark on a third successive season in the division and the summer transfer window is expected to bring a number of changes.
The proposed salary cap by the EFL could see a a £2.5m per year wage restriction in the third tier, although Sunderland reportedly had a wage bill of £10m at the start of last season.
The planned implementation date comes after Portsmouth chief executive officer Mark Catlin spoke to Portsmouth News, saying: “I am pretty certain the vote will take place on August 6, so we will find out soon.”
Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has made just one summer signing so far, agreeing a contract extension with defender Tom Flanagan last week, although they continue to be linked with some potential new additions.
It seems that Sunderland are waiting to see if the salary cap is introduced and, if it takes effect soon, that could see them miss out on a number of potential transfer targets.
If the £2.5m per year salary limit is introduced, the former Premier League side could need to be very resourceful with their transfer activity as they seek to finally end their stay in League One.
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