Report reveals real reason Didier Ndong's Sunderland to Torino move broke down; could it be back on?

Didier Ndong was on the brink of joining Torino earlier this month before the plug was pulled on the deal.

by Brandon_Rawlin Friday, 22 June 2018 02:15 PM Comments

Didier Ndong's transfer from Sunderland to Torino broke down because the player's agent asked for a million euros in exchange for brokering the deal. 

That's the claim made by Italian outlet Calciomercato. The report suggests that Torinio chiefs felt the demand was too steep and walked away from negotiations. 

Ndong had been on the verge of joining the Serie A side before the plug was pulled earlier this month. At the time, various reports put the collapse down to Torino not being willing to meet the player's wage demands. 

However, reports in Italy suggest that the deal could be resurrected if the two sides can come to a compromise. Certainly Torino are in the market for a central midfielder after also losing out in a bid for Eintracht Frankfurt's Aymen Barkok.

There is a claim that the Turin club have taken a look at Udinese's Antonin Barak but would prefer to land Ndong. A report in a Torino-focussed website suggests that the club's Sporting Director Gianluca Petrachi has followed the career of the Sunderland record-signing since his days playing for Lorient. He may need to further convince first team coach Walter Mazzarri of the midfielder's quality however. 

Ndong became Sunderland's highest fee paid when he signed in August 2016. At the time he had been linked with Spartak Moscow and with Torino. Supposedly the Italian club had begun the summer's bidding to secure the services of the Gabon international with an initial offer of £3.5m.

Eventually the Black Cats would top that amount considerably with their bid,  though there's long been a suggestion that the fee publicised was topped up with assorted add-ons which were never realised. 

If Torini finally land their man this time around, the fee mooted for the sale a few weeks ago was around £6.6m. 


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