Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is looking to build a team of his own at the Stadium of Light this summer.
The Italian likes to manage a well-disciplined and a spirited squad so the need for team players is at an all-time high at the Wearside.
Di Canio’s primary focus will be to replace two of the most prolific players from last campaign.
If given an option, he could have retained both Danny Rose and Simon Mignolet. Di Canio is also planning to get rid of players with indiscipline problems so Stephane Sessegnon, Lee Cattermole, Phil Bardsley could all be allowed to leave the club.
Overall he has a tough task in hand, replacing the entire spine of Sunderland squad at his disposal.
Goalkeeper Mignolet joined Liverpool for a healthy amount and the manager will be looking to invest the money in astute signings to strengthen the squad.
Tottenham Hotspur loanee Rose had a brilliant season at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland were keen to retain his services but they couldn’t reach an agreement with Spurs, as they themselves are surrounded by uncertainties at left-back.
Retaining Rose or getting him back to Sunderland is looking impossible at the moment.
Sunderland will do everything they can to purchase a left-back and, according to the Daily Mail, Le Havre defender Benjamin Mendy is top on their wish list.
The 18-year-old French defender has already made close to 50 appearances in senior football and has attracted interests from Premier League clubs Arsenal and Cardiff City.
Even though bigger clubs are chasing the signature of the starlet, Sunderland are in pole position to land the highly-rated teenager. Sunderland are closing in on the signature of the player as they have already agreed a deal with his club - but can Di Canio convince Mendy to join a mid-table side?
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