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

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Paolo Di Canio replaced Martin O'Neill at Sunderland in March Photo: Back Page Images

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.

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