The agent of Sunderland youngster Benji Kimpioka has confirmed that the player has plenty of offers to leave the club this summer.
With the League One season having ended by a points-per-game system, the Wearside club have missed out on promotion to the Championship for the second year in a row. Set to prepare for a third successive season in England’s third tier, current manager Phil Parkinson will look to bring in a number of new faces this summer as no fewer than 11 players see their deals expire.
Chris Maguire, Tom Flanagan and Jon McLaughlin are among the names who are out of contract, with the latter expected to move on to Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
Another player who is set to leave the Stadium of Light at the end of this month is Swedish youth international Kimpioka.
Kimpioka’s agent Martin Klette, who has been vocal in the past about his client’s future, revealed in an interview that offers were on the table.
“One of them wanted to sign him immediately, but have been refused. At present, his priority is to stay abroad, if possible in England, or elsewhere.”
The 20-year-old arrived on Wearside back in 2016 and has made several appearances for the club’s first team, whilst also representing Sweden at under-21 level.
Making four appearances in League One for Sunderland this term, the young forward netted one goal and his promising rise to the first team was expected to see him go on and become a key part of the club moving forward.
It seems that Kimpioka has a bright future but, much like Joel Asoro and Josh Maja, that future could well lie elsewhere.
After the frustration of witnessing Asoro and Maja moving on, seeing another young talent leave the club just days after they were consigned to another year in League One comes as a further blow to the Sunderland faithful.
You can hardly blame the young Swede for looking elsewhere, though…
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