Sulley Muntari jets in for Sunderland talks
Sulley Muntari of FC Internazionale Milano
SUNDERLAND target Sulley Muntari flew into the North East last night – after the Black Cats were given permission to talk to the midfielder by Inter Milan.
The Ghana international jetted into Newcastle Airport to hold talks over a possible move to the Stadium of Light.
He is expected to sign for six months on loan with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer, and was left out of Inter’s squad for last night’s Copa Italia quarter-final against Napoli.
His arrival means Cats boss Steve Bruce’s pursuit of the two midfielders he had targeted before the window opened – the other one being Stephane Sessegnon of Paris Saint Germain – appears to be drawing to a close. However, the Wearsiders hope that a row at the French club does not derail their bid for the Benin midfielder, who also flew in to England yesterday.
Sessegnon went on strike in Paris earlier this month in an attempt to force through a loan move to Sunderland before the Black Cats this week agreed to sign him permanently in a £5m deal. But that move could be in jeopardy as Sessegnon has upset people at PSG with his behaviour and, as far as his club are concerned, they have not yet agreed to sell him.
Sessegnon has already been granted a conditional work permit to play in the Premier League, but has not passed a medical and, while a fee has been agreed in principle, it has not been signed off. Sessegnon returned to training this week and the saga finally looked to be nearing completion when Sunderland agreed to a permanent move rather than a loan.
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