Sunderland have accepted that they will not hang on to one of their most prized young assets in Joel Asoro, with the Sweden U21 international set to join up with former Ostersunds head coach Graham Potter at Swansea City.
An offer of around £2m has been accepted and, with one year left on his deal, Asoro will be allowed to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the south Wales club this week.
Sunderland are already in dire need of some strength up top, and losing a forward who would have undoubtedly made an impact in League One is a bitter blow to the club ahead of the new season.
Roker Report have been informed that the recruitment team of Jack Ross, Tony Coton and Richard Hill remain very focused on adding a striker or two to the ranks in the coming week - and the need to do so only heightens further with the news of Asoro’s impending departure.
Also heading out of the door is Wahbi Khazri, who passed a medical at Saint-Etienne on Monday and will be unveiled by the ambitious Ligue 1 club on Tuesday afternoon.
Whilst the club never realistically expected to hang on to the Tunisian, they did initially hope that Asoro would stay - and he even rejected a new contract offer out of hand before even meeting Jack Ross in person.
He’s trained since pre-season began with the first team and took part in an intense training camp last week in Portugal, but for obvious reasons is not expected to feature in the side that takes to the field on Tuesday evening at Darlington.
TeamTALK have reported that Frank Lampard’s Derby County are seriously interested in the young forward, but it would appear that Swansea are winning the race to secure his signature.
At £2m the deal represents a steal for the Swans and, should he prove to be a success in the Championship, they stand to make far more from the 19-year old down the line.