Sunderland youngster Logan Pye has held talks with Manchester United over a potential move to Old Trafford as reported by the Sunderland Echo.
The report claims Sunderland look set to lose the sixteen-year-old to the Premier League giants who have a long-standing interest in the left-back.
Pye is one of the brightest talents in the Black Cats academy who’s currently playing his football in the Under-18s.
However, the England Under-16 international is now likely to become the latest player to depart Sunderland to join a top Premier League outfit before signing a professional contract with the Black Cats at the age of seventeen.
He looks set to follow the example of Sam Greenwood, Luca Stephenson and Luke Hewitson who’ve all walked out the door of the Sunderland academy in recent times. Indeed, Greenwood has since signed professional terms with Arsenal after leaving Wearside in 2018.
Another example of how difficult it is for a club outside the Premier League to keep hold of their most promising talent.
Some Sunderland fans may feel the club could do more to keep their young talent, accusing the club of cashing in for short-term gain while hampering the long-term prospects of the club
While It is true a club like Sunderland has certain advantages such as offering a clear pathway to the first-team, when big money comes calling it can be impossible for some youngsters and indeed some clubs to turn it down.