Sunderland have endured a horrific fall down the leagues.
The Black Cats were in the Premier League as recently as the 2016/17 season, but finished 20th, having won just six times all season.
From 38 games, they took 24 points, fell into the Championship, and were then relegated from the second-tier.
Indeed, they won just seven of their 46 games in that division, taking 37 points from 46 games, and now it appears that they will be losing one of their most promising players.
Sky Sports reports that Bali Mumba, the midfielder, is set to move to Norwich City in the summer transfer window.
The Canaries are said to have agreed a deal worth just £350,000 for the 18-year-old, who has made 10 first-team appearances for the club.
He is an England U19 international and is set to sign a three-year deal with the Canaries in the coming weeks.
Norwich are likely to be playing in the Championship next season as they lie 20th in the Premier League table, six points from safety.
Mumba could well be given regular first-team football next term, however, as Daniel Farke continues to build around young talent at Carrow Road.
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
This is just absolutely terrible news for Sunderland.
The lifeblood of a club is the youth system, the players that come through the academy and become first-team stars in front of the eyes of supporters.
Mumba could have done just that for the Black Cats; they play their football in League One and the opportunity is there for them to blood youngsters in their squad.
The teenager could well have been the next great hope of their academy but instead, he’ll be moving on for a pittance.
It is a disgrace, and the owners really ought to be held accountable.
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