On Friday, Norwich City confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in a long time by announcing the capture of F91 Dudelange’s Danel Sinani.
Should the Canaries stay up (somehow), he would become the first Luxembourg national to feature in the Premier League, and join Enes Mahmutovic as the second player from the country to currently be contracted to a club in the top two tiers of English football.
The latter, a young defender, plays for Middlesbrough F.C., but spent the season on loan at MVV Maastricht in Holland’s second division.
Out of contract at Riverside once the campaign ends, the 22-year-old could end up doing one of two things: staying at the Championship club or find himself somewhere new to continue his career, with a number of clubs interested.
According to Le Quotidien, the first option is a possibility, as it’s expected that most clubs’ budgets will be reduced this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which could play in Mahmutovic’s favour.
Boro are focusing more on youth, and ‘theoretically won’t buy much’, which is where the Luxembourg international comes in, as his entourage suggest he ‘wouldn’t be opposed to staying’ and would want a ‘three-year deal’.
However, should Middlesbrough decide against gambling on the centre-back, Mahmutovic won’t be short of options, as clubs from the top two divisions in Turkey and Holland have contacted his agent, as well as teams in the second and third tiers of German football.
It’s now up to Jonathan Woodgate to decide what he wants to do with the young defender, as a reduction in transfer budget could force him to turn towards a player who didn’t seem to have a future at the club not too long ago.