Chelsea youngster Jake Clarke-Salter has admirers across Europe, according to a report from HITC Sport. The talented defender is currently in fine form with loan club Vitesse Arnhem. That has reportedly attracted the attention of Fulham, Burnley, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.
A move to Germany would certainly be a big step for the 21-year-old, following the current trend of English talent heading to the Bundesliga.
But one set of fans is probably amazed at hearing these links. Before excelling in the Netherlands, the defender spent the end of last season at Sunderland. He was, in fact, Chris Coleman’s first signing as manager. At the Stadium of Light, he was far from good enough for two of the Bundesliga’s biggest clubs.
Clarke-Salter arrived at Sunderland in January on a loan deal until the end of the season. One of the last rolls of the dice as the Black Cats fought for survival, he struggled to find any form.
After a 4-0 loss to Cardiff City on debut, he struggled to find any form during his time on Wearside. Then came the farce. He picked up a red card in the 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough in February. In his first game back, a 2-0 loss to Preston, he was sent off again in the 60th minute.
After that, he did not start any of Sunderland’s final eight games as they suffered relegation. So to hear that the very same man is being linked with a move to Dortmund and co just eight months later will fail to compute with most Sunderland fans.