Reported interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers for Aston Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic could end Sunderland’s pursuit of the player.
Sarkic, who joined Villa in September 2015 from Belgian giants Anderlecht, is free to leave the club this summer as his current contract comes to an end. Since moving to England, he has been sent out on four loan spells away from Villa, with his latest coming at Scottish Premiership side Livingston, where he featured regularly.
Emerging as a potential summer signing for the Black Cats, Sarkic would seemingly be a good option to replace current stopper Jon McLaughlin, who is expected to leave the Stadium of Light on a free transfer this summer.
However, despite interest from the Stadium of Light, it has now emerged that Premier League side Wolves have made a move, meaning the youngster could remain in England’s top flight. The Molineux club’s interest could hand Sarkic a chance to remain in the Midlands and look to gain some minutes with a team chasing a second successive season of European football.
Sunderland, who will desperately need to replace McLaughlin, may be priced out of any deal, given that financial problems are set to occur for a number of English Football League clubs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It seems a bit strange that Wolves have come in for Sarkic given his struggles for recognition at Villa Park but maybe they see something in the 22-year-old that Aston Villa don’t.
Sunderland would almost certainly lose out in a two-way battle with Wolves to sign the keeper and you have to wonder if their reluctance to hand McLaughlin a new deal means they are in bigger financial trouble than previously believed.
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