Norwich City have made a move to sign Sunderland youngster Bali Mumba this summer, according to Sunderland Echo.
The summer months at the Stadium of Light are expected to see a number of big changes after the Wearsiders missed out on gaining promotion to the Championship.
Finishing eighth in League One after the majority of third-tier clubs voted to end the 2019/20 season via a points-per-game system, the Black Cats will embark on a third successive campaign in England’s third tier in 2020/21.
A whole host of first team regulars are set to leave the club in the coming weeks due to their expiring contracts, whilst 18-year-old midfielder Mumba has now been linked with a move away from Wearside.
Mumba has been considered one of the top talents in the Sunderland academy for sometime, having broken into the first team setup on a handful of occasions.
Sunderland Echo now report that Norwich have made contact with the club over a move which is likely to ‘comprise’ an initial fee in the region of £500,000 with future add-ons.
The youngster has one year left on his current deal at Sunderland but it now seems that he is set to follow the likes of Luca Stephenson, Sam Greenwood, Luke Hewitson, Morten Spencer and Logan Pye, who all left the club in recent times.
Mumba’s potential exit is just another club decision that is likely to upset Sunderland fans, having seen the aforementioned players leave.
Whilst it is inevitable that young players will eventually move on, surely someone at the Stadium of Light must think it would be a good idea to keep hold of young blood and bring them through to the first team.
Where the club’s future lies past this summer is anyone’s guess…
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