Sunderland wonderkid Chris Rigg targeted by European giants

The 16-year-old sensation has taken to professional football like a duck to water and unfortunately for Sunderland, they are now in a battle to keep the star boy at the football club.

Chris Rigg burst on the scene in January 2023 against Shrewsbury Town and has gone on to play 21 times for the club in this seasons league campaign, but with the uncertainty around the club with no manager still in place, could Rigg be on his way out from Wearside?

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We look at potential destinations Rigg could find himself at next season.

Manchester United

Scouts at Manchester United have been keen on the youngster and there is no doubt that if an official was made to the player and the club, it would be difficult to turn down.

Sir Jim Ratcliff coming into the club will look to make a statement early doors and the signing of the 16-year-old will go down well with the supporters.

We have seen in the past that Manchester United’s academy has produced world-class players from the class of 92 to the present day with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Scott Mctominay and Kobbie Mainoo so moving there could be a good move for all.

Borussia Dortmund

The second possible destination for the midfielder is a move to the Bundesliga. It’s no surprise to see them on the list as Dortmund is renowned for developing young talent and selling them on for millions either.

Could Rigg join the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham as English youngsters that have signed for the club have developed into world-class footballers we’ve just seen them sell Bellingham to Real Madrid for £88 million pounds.

Although a big step to move away to a foreign country at a young age, if the right offer came for Rigg, we’re sure the midfielder would be interested in applying his trade in front of the yellow wall.


The last destination on our list that Rigg could end up at is staying foot on Wearside and continuing to play for the Black Cats come next season.

Rigg is already a fan favourite amongst the supporters he could improve immensely next season under the manager coming in for Sunderland and try to push himself to cement that starting role in that midfield.

Well settled within the club, if he continues to improve, he could be a key factor in helping the club get promoted to the Premier League next season.