It seems Sunderland will have to go for a goalkeeper this summer, after strong rumours Everton are close to signing Jordan Pickford.
And the chase for a goalkeeper isn’t something new for the Black Cats, as there were many reports about it last summer.
A story from Gazzetta Dello Sport said Sunderland tried to sign Napoli’s Rafael Cabral several times at the end of the transfer window, but couldn’t manage to reach a deal of a loan with an option to buy.
However, things may be easier this time. With Pepe Reina getting all the starts at Napoli, Rafael Cabral isn’t getting the game time he wanted and could be leaving the club in the summer.
The player’s agent Paulo Affonso has spoken to Radio Crc this week and explained a bit of his situation.
“We came to the conclusion that he will leave Napoli: he has no chance of playing”, he said (via Calcio Mercato).
“Two or three games per season for a 26 year old goalkeeper are too few. We would like a definitive transfer, and this road seems to be practicable in Europe. The loan? We only evaluate it for a great Brazilian team.”
Calcio Mercato doesn’t seem to know how much Napoli would demand for the transfer. Cabral was signed from Brazilian side Santos back in 2013 for €5m.
The finances shouldn’t be too much of a problem for Sunderland, even in the Championship.