Fresh transfer rumors have resurfaced linking Sunderland AFC’s center forward Stéphane Sessègnon to Qatari club al-Jaish.
However, Sunderland manager, Paolo Di Canio insists that the Benin international is not for sale despite the fresh interest al-Jaish, who are said to be tracking him.
Speaking after Sunderland’s first game of the season, a demoralizing defeat to Fulham at home, the Black Cats head coach showed no interest of the possibility to sell the club’s star forward.
“I have to be clear, I don’t want to sell Sessegnon,” said Di Canio.
“It’s not something that we have to speak about privately with the board.”
Despite this statement, every player has a price, even if he may be needed to help the Were Side club survive this season.
The 29-year-old, who renewed his contract last year, so far has shown no intent of moving out to the Middle East.
Di Canio stated that if Sessègnon were to move on, a replacement would be purchased before the end of the transfer window.
“I have given my opinion already, Sessègnon is not for sale and we need to bring in one central midfield player.” Said the Italian manager.
“But if he is sold, we have to bring in a central midfield player and another striker.”
“If someone wants to sell Sessègnon, I won’t criticize if they bring me a striker with quality and experience, and a central midfield player, but not as cover, one with a background, good quality, physical presence and experience.”
Sessègnon wouldn’t be the first Sunderland player to move to the Middle East, as in September 2011, Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan moved from the cold of Sunderland to the United Arab Emirates’ club al-Ain.
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