Sunderland are showing interest in Kosovo international Arbenit Xhemajli, according to a report by the Chronicle Live.
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson will undoubtedly be keen to bolster his squad options this summer after failing to gain a promotion to the Championship and finishing eighth in the League One standings.
Whilst uncertainty continues to grow around the ownership of the Wearside club, transfer links are starting to develop with Xhemajli the latest name to be linked with a move to the Stadium of Light.
Xhemajli, who is valued at £765,000 by Transfermarkt, was born in Switzerland but represents the Kosovo national side and his impressions have seemingly left a mark on Sunderland boss Parkinson.
The 22-year-old began his playing career with Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax having spent a number of years through his youth development with Zurich.
Making 22 appearances in the 2019/2020 season, Xhemajli contributed with two goals and one assists from his accustomed centre-back position, whilst helping his team keep three clean sheets in the Swiss Super League.
His potential arrival would give Parkinson a further defensive options having just sealed a deal for Australian Bailey Wright.
The signing of Wright and interest in Xhemajli will be music to the ears of Sunderland fans, who will be desperate to see an improvement next season. Indeed, centre-back was an area that they needed to target having lost Jack Baldwin, Joel Lynch and Alim Ozturk following the conclusion of the 19/20 campaign.
Whilst the Kosovo international is relative unknown, his talents have obviously caught the eye of Parkinson. As already alluded to, whilst he is a defender by trade he certainly has an eye for a goal too, having netted nine times in his club career for both his current team and whilst in the Zurich youth sides (Transfermarkt).
Whether they can get a deal over the line remains to be seen.
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