Sunderland sign trio on free transfers


Paolo Di Canio has started his reshaping of the Sunderland squad with a collection of three out-of-contract players.

The Black Cats new trio of Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite have all agreed to move to the Stadium of Light after running their contracts out at their previous clubs. All three will officially join Sunderland on July 1.

Di Canio is keen to reshape and reinforce his squad after his side narrowly avoided relegation last season, and would like to fair as the better side against promoted Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace next term.

This means that the new players who have joined up in the Midlands will have a lot of pressure on their hands, as they could very well become the favourites to go down next season, given their recent run of form in the league.

In terms of the actual signings made, fans will especially be pleased with the acquisition of Diakite from Lazio. The stocky defender will be a good asset for Sunderland, who have not had the best defensive record in the Premier League as of late, and being a club that notoriously concedes much more often than scoring.

As well as this, the gain of a midfield man in the name of Cabral, who has enjoyed a decent stint in FC Basel’s midfield. This will be a good chance to give the team more pace and flair in the middle of the park, which – despite the purchase of Adam Johnson last summer – has lacked creativity in vital games.

Now that Sunderland have begun the acquisition of players, it will be asked as to whether they will be willing to gain more signatures by way of financial expenditure, or will the club lay back and wait for the free agents list to fill.

However, now that Sunderland have acquired a new director of football in the name of Roberto Di Fanti, the new man will be keen to make his mark on his new position in partnership with chief scout, Valentino Angeloni.


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