Sunderland could sell flop striker for €5 million to Champions League finalists

South Korean international Ji Dong Won is being linked with a shock move to Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Most Sunderland fans would be forgiven for entirely forgetting exactly who Ji Dong Won is.

Signed in 2011from Chunnam Dragons for a fee of £2 million the striker had a reputation as a talented hold-up player with an eye for goal; and had caught the eye as South Korea finished third at the 2011 Asian Cup.

He was a Steve Bruce signing but struggled to get ahead of the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Stephane Sessegnon and Nicklas Bendtner in the starting line-up; instead making the majority of his appearances for the club from the bench.

It was not long before Martin O’Neill was in charge and clearly Ji was no longer a necessity in the Sunderland first-team.

However he certainly produced one very memorable moment; bagging a last second winner against Manchester City on New Years Day 2012; even if he was a mile offside.

That was the last major contribution Ji would ever have toward the Black Cats cause and a year after that goal against City he was sent out on loan to German outfit FC Augsburg; themselves battling relegation from the Bundesliga.

Which is when this story gets interesting; because Ji had an excellent six months at the club; playing a vital role as they saw off relegation to 2.Bundesliga.

Ji scored five goals in 17 appearances but his overall play was very impressive and at just 22-years-old it has German teams looking at bringing him in permanently.

One such team appears to be Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.

Amazingly, if reports from German magazine Bild turn out to be true, The Mackems could cash in on their perceived South Korean flop to the tune of €5 million. 

That would mean them making money on a player who has hardly featured at the club during his time in the North East.

But perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way.

If Ji can play like he did for Augsburg but in a Sunderland shirt then surely he is worth keeping. At just 21-years-old there is still plenty of room for improvement and if something about him has caught Borussia Dortmund’s eye; then who is Paolo Di Cano to disagree?

Keep him or sell him? What should Sunderland do?

image: © Dirk_Vorderstraße

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