Sunderland centre-back Papy Djilobodji has finally turned up at the club, 72 days after he was meant to report back for pre-season, but according to The Sun the Black Cats are now considering sacking him.
The 29-year-old spent last season on loan with French Ligue 1 side Dijon, but he then turned down the chance to make the deal permanent during the summer and also rejected moves to Trabzonspor, Bordeaux and Hannover according to The Sun.
The Wearside club have avoided paying Djilobodji’s wages while he has been away, after the club were relegated for the second season in a row to League One and the defender did not report for training.
The Sun reports though that the club would prefer to sell Djilobodji, who is valued at £4.95m by Transfermarkt, rather than tearing up his contract but are exploring all legal options over the man that they paid Chelsea £8m for just two seasons ago.
If Sunderland do sack Djilobodji, Leeds should take a chance on him to allay any fears of a lack of centre-backs at Elland Road this season.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa would be taking his biggest risk in the transfer market since taking charge by potentially targeting the 29-year-old, but it could be a gamble worth taking with full-backs Gaetano Berardi and Luke Ayling both having had to play centre-back this season thanks to the shortage of recognised central defenders.
Djilobodji is a Senegal international with 17 caps for his country and is hugely experienced, although he was not included in the squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. However, if his attitude can be controlled, he could be an impressive signing as the Whites push for promotion back to the Premier League under Bielsa.
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