Sunderland have a number of key players in demand this month, in what could be a potentially perilous transfer window for the Black Cats.
Sunderland boast one of the most talented squads in the Championship, and with that comes a constant battle to keep hold of these assets.
Right now, the Black Cats have a number of players in demand; Jack Clarke being the obvious, though Anthony Patterson is now rumoured to be a target of Liverpool’s.
And the Reds have also shown an interest in Dan Neil this season, but the Black Cats academy graduate is less likely to leave this month.
Scott Wilson predicts Dan Neil exit to be ‘less likely’
Writing for The Northern Echo, journalist Scott Wilson said of this month’s transfer window:
“A bid for Dan Neil is less likely, although given the long-standing top-flight interest in the midfielder, that is hardly impossible either.”
Liverpool were apparently keen on signing Neil towards the end of the last summer transfer window, and more recently they’ve been told that it could cost upwards of £10million to sign the 22-year-old, who’s already amassed 133 first-team appearances for his boyhood club with 10 goals and 15 assists.
Neil has played in 26 of Sunderland’s 27 Championship games thus far this season, tallying four goals and providing three assists.
Sunderland ought to be more concerned about Clarke leaving.
Although there are Premier League teams that have shown interest in Neil, including Liverpool, it appears that Sunderland is more aware of Clarke’s possible departure this month.
After a scorching first half of the season, he has been in high demand for some time now, and interest in his services appears to be greater than before.
Furthermore, his absence would drastically reduce Sunderland’s chances of surviving. However, it also makes financial sense to let Clarke go this month if the Black Cats are able to get this rumored £20 million fee for him.
Sunderland, who are still in the running for the play-offs, have a lot of potential in 2024, but there may also be a lot of upheaval as some important players are strongly connected to departures.
Neil, Patterson, and Clarke are among the players Sunderland needs to prepare for leaving, even though it appears like Neil’s future at the Stadium of Light is assured.
Michael Beale‘s Sunderland go up against Hull City in the Championship on Friday night.