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Sunderland Linked With An Ambitious Switch For Argentine Winger; A Good Move?

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Pranjal Bhawal
Pranjal is the co-owner of The 4th Official. While he completed law from Department of Law, University of Calcutta, his passion always remained in football and that is where he finally ended up at.

Imagine where the Premier League has come to when a player like Eduardo Salvio is getting linked with a club that just managed to stay up in the Premier League last season. Yeah, Sunderland have submitted an offer of around £21 million for Benfica star Eduardo Salvio according to reports from reports from Diário de Notícias. Well, that’s a big one to digest but considering the financial power each Premier League club right now and the level of competition at an insane level, there is no such thing as a small club right now in the transfer market.

The appointment of David Moyes as Sunderland manager has certainly filled the fans with optimism once again and if all goes according to plan, the Black Cats should be able to avoid a relegation battle, something the fans have not managed to experience in recent years. However, Moyes does not have much time to act in the transfer market as the Premier League action starts in less than two weeks and Sunderland are yet to make their presence felt in the market.

Salvio’s last season was badly cursed by injuries as he could make just 12 appearances for Benfica in all competitions. A winger, who is well capable of plying his trade on either flank and also can be deployed as a number ten, would be an addition of supreme quality to the Black Cats.

Benfica's Argentine midfielder Eduardo Salvio (L) vies with Braga's midfielder Rafa Silva during the Portuguese League Cup semi-final football match SL Benfica vs SC Braga at Luz stadium on May 2, 2016. / AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Benfica’s Argentine midfielder Eduardo Salvio (L) vies with Braga’s midfielder Rafa Silva during the Portuguese League Cup semi-final football match SL Benfica vs SC Braga at Luz stadium on May 2, 2016. / AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the areas Sunderland struggle at is their ability to create. Apart from Wahbi Khazri, there is no quality creator at the Stadium of Light right now. With such a squad, you are destined to battle relegation no matter who the manager is and Moyes did not need much time to address the issue. Salvio is a creative winger who can give a whole new dimension to Sunderland attack that looked toothless last season.

Salvio is a fast and tricky player and is blessed with an eye-catching dribbling ability, as you expect from an Argentine. The 26-year-old has graced the pitch for big clubs like Benfica and Atletico Madrid during his career and has won plenty of silverwares for the two giants.

Sunderland will surely be a step down for Salvio but you cannot say no to the glamour of the Premier League. It will be one hell of a signing from Moyes if he can bring the 26-year-old Argentina international to the Stadium of Light.

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