Sunderland’s summer has so far been focused on trying to sell some players in a bid to refresh their squad with some new talent and improve the club’s chances of survival in the Premier League.
One of the first faces that could make their way to the Stadium of Light is Argentinean full back Lucas Orban who currently plays for Tigre in his homeland.
Orban had stated that he wanted to finish the season with his current club before making any decisions about where he plays his football next year.
The left-back has impressed many sides both in Europe and South America and Sunderland have been looking to make a bid for the player in the near future.
But it doesn’t look like Sunderland are going to have it all their own way in trying to lure Orban away from Tigre with several other big names interested in the player.
Villareal are emerging as the biggest contenders for his services with the Spanish side eager to bring in fresh faces to El Madrigal following their promotion back to La Liga this season.
Of course, there is also interest in Argentina for Orban services with Boca Juniors eager to make a bid for a player who started his career at arch-rivals River Plate.
To make matters even more complicated, any interested sides wanting to sing Orban would need to agree fees with both Tigre and Orban’s first side River Plate as the player is registered at both clubs.
Over the past season, Orban has made 22 starts for Tigre in the Argentine Primera Division scoring 1 goal and helping the side avoid relegation from the league.
Sunderland are thought to be desperate to sign a left-back this summer with the club only having Phil Bardsley as the only recognised player to fill that position.
The Black Cats are thought to have made Orban their number one priority although the club could look elsewhere should they fail to capture his services.
One possible replacement could be Belgian defender Pedro Cavanda who impressed during his breakthrough season with Lazio.
But the Coppa Italia winners are keen to retain the services of the player which could make life difficult for Sunderland and other prospective bidders.
It seems as if Sunderland’s transfer activity is just getting started and it seems as if the club are going to have to fight tooth and nail to ensure that they sign Orban and other key targets on their shortlist.