Sunderland striker Benji Kimpioka is attracting attention from clubs across Europe, according to The Northern Echo.
Kimpioka is one of a number of Sunderland players who will be out of contract next summer. Sunderland need to make decisions on a number of players but they now face a battle to hold onto Kimpioka.
The Sweden U21 starlet has recently been given his chance under Phil Parkinson and that could convince him to stay. But European clubs can start negotiating a pre-contract agreement from January onwards.
Kimpioka recently scored his first league goal for Sunderland – a 90th-minute equaliser against Coventry City. He now has three senior goals in 14 matches. Sunderland rate the 19-year-old highly but it is unclear whether he will be at the club next season.
Parkinson will reportedly consider giving Kimpioka a starting spot next weekend. But other clubs have now been alerted to his precarious contract situation.
Kimpioka is a top talent and Sunderland need to try to keep him. The Black Cats should be opening contract negotiations with Kimpioka as soon as possible and definitely before January.
As for the player, Kimpioka needs to look at his predecessors’ examples. Joel Asoro and Josh Maja were in similar positions to Kimpioka recently. But neither has enjoyed that much success away from the Stadium of Light yet.