Swedish publication Expressen are reporting that both Arsenal and Newcastle United are two of the big clubs interested in 17 year-old Sunderland forward Joel Asoro.
At the Friends Arena on Sunday night when Asoro made his debut for the Sweden U-21 side, starting the game against Spain in the 1-1 draw, there were a host of scouts watching the game.
They included Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr and Arsenal’s Bobby Bennett, who is responsible for scouting in Scandinavia.
Joel Asoro – Sunderland’s 17 year-old striker
The Swedish press has since reported that PSG, Milan, Inter-Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Valencia and Lyon were represented at the game and the buzz was all about Asoro.
And apparently the Sunderland 17-year-old was very impressive on the night.
Joel has already played a couple of times for the Sunderland first team this season and is the youngest Swede ever to play in the Premier League – he doesn’t turn 18 until next April.
He played 17 times for the Sweden U-17 side and scored a massive 12 goals and now he’s played once for the Sweden U-21 side when only 17 – he’s that good.
Asoro was signed by Sunderland from IF Brommapojkarna last summer in August – and Graham Carr is even quoted in the Expressen article as saying the following:
“He already plays for Sunderland, but I was impressed a lot yesterday.”
That’s strange in itself for Carr to be quoted.
But new Sunderland manager David Moyes values the youngster highly – and why would the Black Cats ever want to sell their top youngster – well unless a club comes in with a huge offer for him.
Come to think of it – that’s possible – and if Manchester United are willing to pay out a ridiculous £100M for Paul Pogba, then some of the big clubs with more money than sense could make a huge offer for Asoro.
That would be the only way he would leave Sunderland and Newcastle are wise with their money these days and they would hardly be one of those clubs.
What do you think?