Sunderland goalkeeper target move to a big-name club.
Arsenal and Manchester United have been put on red alert after it emerged that Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could leave the Stadium of Light in the summer.
Mignolet has caught the eye with his performances for Sunderland which has seen him make the most saves of any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.
But his representative Guy Vandersmissen has revealed that he may be forced to quit the north-east club, who he has been with for the last three seasons having joined from Sint Truiden, at the end of the season to boost his chances of representing Belgium at the 2014 World Cup.
That news has alerted both Arsenal and Manchester United, who have both shown an interest in the 24-year-old.
Mignolet would not come cheap with Sunderland in no hurry to sell with two years remaining on his contract, but Arsenal are looking for a replacement for the inconsistent Wojciech Szczesny and Manchester United potentially looking for new stopper with the future of David De Gea unclear.
Vandersmissen revealed that the goalkeeper is considering his future with Sunderland because he has so far failed to make the number one jersey with Belgium his own. He is currently the understudy to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan with Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
“Our ambition is for Simon to play somewhere that he can engage in competition with Thibaut Courtois for the place in goal for Belgium,” Vandersmissen is quoted as saying by Sportinglife. “Courtois is fortunate that he is playing for a team that has been doing well lately.”