Giorgi Aburjania looks set to become Sunderland’s first summer signing according to reports. The Georgia international will become a free agent this week having decided to leave Spanish side FC Cartagena.
Giorgi Aburjania Heading to Sunderland
Sunderland Look Set to Make Breakthrough in Transfer Market
Sunderland are set for an overhaul in their next playing staff this summer. Several first-team players were allowed to leave at the end of last season and uncertainty still surrounds those who have been offered new deals.
The likes of Chris Maguire, Max Power, and Grant Leadbitter among others were allowed to depart. Aiden McGeady, Luke O’Nien, Denver Hume, and last season’s top scorer Charlie Wyke were offered new deals. The latter, however, looks set to move on with several clubs chasing his signature.
It is expected to be a busy summer on Wearside with head coach Lee Johnson attempting to build a squad that will finally get Sunderland promoted from League One. Backed by new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, it is expected that fans will see many new faces arriving during pre-season.
It now appears that the first breakthrough has happened with the imminent signing of Georgia international midfielder Giorgi Aburjania.
Who is Giorgi Aburjania?
26-year-old central midfielder Aburjania has been capped by his country 37 times and is set to leave current club FC Cartagena in the coming days having rejected a new contract.
He began his career in his native Georgia playing for Metalurgi Rustavi, Dila, and Lokomotivi Tbilisi. A spell in Cyprus preceded a move to Spain in 2016. Time at Sevilla, Oviedo and a loan spell at Dutch side FC Twente followed prior to signing for FC Cartagena in January of this year on a short-term deal.
Aburjania’s impressive performances made Cartagena desperate to retain his services; however, it appears that an offer from Sunderland has persuaded the midfielder to move to England.
Should Aburjania move to Wearside, he will also bring plenty of international experience with him. Capped 37 times, he started in Georgia’s June friendlies. Scoring in a 2-1 win against Romania before suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands.