Arsenal transfers: Sunderland’s Mignolet wants to ‘step up a level’
Arsenal transfers: Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is ready to leave the Black Cats, according to the Belgian's agent
Simon Mignolet is ready to leave Sunderland and step up a level, according to the goalkeeper’s agent.
The Belgium international has impressed for the Black Cats with his eye-catching performances in goal despite the club narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship.
The shot-stopper’s form for struggling Sunderland has inevitably resulted in speculation linking the Belgian with a move away from the Stadium of Light, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly interested.
And the 25-year-old’s agent says the goalkeeper, who has two years remaining on his current deal, is keen to join a club which is competing for a European spot.
“I think it is very unlikely that he will sign a new contract,” Nico Vaesen told the Sunderland Echo.
“Simon has obviously come to a point where he wants to step up a level and there is a lot of interest in him.
“He is very ambitious and wants to play in the World Cup, in Brazil, next year.
“It was a good thing that Sunderland stayed up and it is a fantastic club where he has had three great years.
“But it is maybe time to step up a level and play for a club competing for a European spot.”
Mignolet has made 101 appearances for Sunderland after making a reported £2m switch to the Black Cats from Sint-Truiden in 2010.