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Sunderland manager reveals that £2m departure is likely

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Sunderland boss Jack Ross has conceded that the club are likely to sell Joel Asoro to Swansea City, according to The Sunderland Echo.

Asoro is edging closer to joining Championship new boys Swansea in a £2m deal after the fee was accepted by Sunderland.

With just one year left on his contract, Sunderland have decided to cash in on the 19-year-old striker.

Speaking after the pre-season friendly match against Darlington, Ross said: “Joel was scheduled to take part in the last half an hour of the game but obviously things have moved on in terms of possibly leaving the club.

“Pre-match nothing had been finalised so unless that has changed post-match, it is not finalised. But it looks more than likely that he will leave the club.”

The Sweden youth international enjoyed a breakthrough season at Sunderland last term, netting three goals in 11 starts for the club.

Adding more on the Asoro news, Ross added: Ideally as a manager you want to keep all your good players but I understood the position we’re in when I arrived. I would say it was inevitable really.”

The Verdict

It’s a great shame for Sunderland to lose such a promising young player like this.

Asoro could have remained at The Stadium of Light and been the main striker for Sunderland in their promotion quest last year.

But this £2m fee needs to be reinvested in the playing squad and the Black Cats must add quality.

Sunderland fans – What do you make of this? Let us know below…

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