Sunderland are one of the European teams believed to have a chance of landing Barcelona winger Aleix Vidal on loan in January, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
The 27-year-old moved to the Catalan giants last year after an excellent solitary campaign with Sevilla and was being tipped to replace long-term Blaugrana right-back Dani Alves at Camp Nou.
Sunderland want Aleix Vidal and are willing to pay 14m for him in January. (MD) pic.twitter.com/vq1r3xcoEt
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However, Vidal has found first-team football hard to come by for Luis Enrique’s men, with the European giants preferring to play Sergi Roberto in the full-back role this season.
Talk in the press is that the once-capped Spain international will be allowed to leave Barcelona in the new year, with a host of European teams ready to snap him up.
Sunderland will surely be massively busy come January, with the Wearside club already looking destined to be embroiled in a relegation dogfight this season.
Following a 2-0 defeat to Stoke City on Saturday, David Moyes’ men are bottom of the Premier League table and the only team in the top flight yet to record a win in 2016-17.
Vidal would be a high-quality and impressive addition, but the Black Cats will surely have plenty of competition for the wideman’s signature should Barca allow him to go out on loan.