The news that Manchester City are set to possibly sell off Sunderland target Adam Johnson could spark interest from the Black Cats manager Martin O’Neal in regards to the club’s stance on Stephane Sessegnon.
Sessegnon was one of the standouts for the Northeastern club this past season and is thought to be off limits to any potential buyer no matter the offering price after the following statement from O’Neal was run by the Independent and the Sunderland Echo:
You can never tell what’s going to happen over the summer and I don’t want to be saying anything categorically at the start of it which will make us look foolish at the end of it.
I don’t want to say something now which will be thrown back at me next season with people saying: ‘Well you said this, or you said that’.
But there’s no doubt Stephane Sessegnon is a player that we obviously want to keep and we’ll be doing everything we can to do so.
He adds something to our attack that no other player does and our priority is to improve ourselves as an attacking force next season.
If you want to do that, you have to look at keeping your best attacking players and attracting others.
Stephane has been making the right noises about being happy to stay at Sunderland and hopefully that will be the case.
However, a cash plus Adam Johnson deal could persuade the Sunderland board and manager to make a decision about whether or not to send the talented Belgian international attacker to the Etihad.
Any move that brings in new talent and offers the chance to increase a more financial restricted club like Sunderland’s transfer coffers has to be carefully considered.
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