Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Juan Sartori latest, striker linked plus new home kits on sale

Sunderland will look to step up their transfer business as the countdown continues to the new League One campaign.

Monday, 10th August 2020, 6:59 pm

The Black Cats have signed Bailey Wright and Aiden O’Brien so far with Phil Parkinson aiming to add around another five new faces to his squad.

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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.

Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP

Last updated: Monday, 10 August, 2020, 14:58

  • There are fresh reports Juan Sartori is looking for backers in bid to take control at SAFC.
  • Danny Graham has again been linked with a return to the Stadium of Light.
  • Sunderland and promotion rivals Ipswich Town both want Luke Garbutt.
  • Wolves goalkeeper Matija Sarkic is also on Sunderland’s radar.
  • Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin says the row over League One salary caps has the ‘potential to get messy’.
  • Sunderland’s new home kits are now on sale.

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Fresh SAFC takeover claims

The Sunderland takeover saga took a fresh twist on Sunday amid reports co-owner Juan Sartori is ‘trying to find backers' in a bid to take control on Wearside.

Stewart Donald has come under increasing pressure from an angry fanbase to sell with the club facing up to a third season in League One.

It emerged last month Donald was in exclusive talks over a possible sale but no further details have since emerged over who with.

There was suggestions that a deal could even be done before the start of the season.

There has been no confirmation those talks are with Sartori, however, it is being reported Sartori - who has remained the enigma at the heart of Madrox’s tenure as owners of Sunderland AFC – is trying to find backers.

It is understood Donald is looking to sell and end his involvement with Sunderland completely but the latest report hints there may be a change in the current share distribution if Sartori was successful.

Donald is the majority shareholder, owning 74 per cent of shares, Sartori 20% and Charlie Methven 6%.

Alan Nixon, of the Sun, tweeted: “Sunderland. Sartori is trying to find backers. Poss change in share distribution among current regime. Has pals in south of France who might help out.”

Transfer latest from the Stadium of Light

Sunderland and Ipswich Town will be promotion rivals on the pitch this season – and they are battling for signings off it.

The Black Cats have so far added central defender Bailey Wright and forward Aiden O’Brien to the squad ahead of the September 12 start in League One, with Phil Parkinson known to want another five signings.

Left-back Luke Garbutt is a target, as revealed by the Echo last week, with Parkinson keen to bolster his options in that area of the pitch.

Ipswich Town, who had him on loan last season, are also keen to land the former Everton defender on a permanent contract but both clubs face competition from elsewhere including interest from the Championship.

Former Sunderland striker Danny Graham continues to be linked with a move back to the Stadium of Light following his departure from Blackburn Rovers.

The East Anglian Daily Times report Ipswich are also keen on the experienced striker, the free agent was initially brought to Rovers by current Town boss Paul Lambert in 2016.

Meanwhile, a key priority for Parkinson this window is to bring in another senior goalkeeper following Jon McLaughlin’s move to Rangers and the Black Cats have been credited with an interest in Ipswich target Remi Matthews.

This post from Marcus Maddison has certainly got Sunderland fans talking...

Look who’s back!

League One salary cap could get ‘messy’ - according to one of the Black Cats’ rivals

The row over the introduction of a salary cap in League One has the ‘potential to get messy’, according to Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin.

A majority of clubs voted to bring in the new measures at a meeting on Friday but it sparked a furious reaction from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

The plans to introduce a £2.5million spending limit will be implemented with immediate effect.

Sunderland were strongly against the plans, but the plans were passed after 16 clubs voted in favour. Seven clubs voted down the plans, while one club abstained.

Portsmouth were also strongly against the proposals to bring in the flat salary cap.

It’s got potential to get messy. But as much as I’m advocating this not coming in because I feel it’s restrictive for the larger clubs and bad for football generally, there’s sane heads at the EFL and PFA - so hopefully it doesn’t go that far.

Mark Catlin

Not sure how much he’ll be celebrating

Good to see Elliot Embleton back

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