In news coming through today, former Portsmouth and Sunderland midfielder Sulley Muntari has signed for La Liga side Deportivo La Coruña from the free agent market.

Muntari signed for Portsmouth at the opening of the July 2007 transfer window for a £9.5 million fee from Serie A side Udinese – a club where he’d made his breakthrough into first team football.

Muntari has been on the sidelines since the end of the summer 2017 transfer window after being released by Italian side Pescara, who he’d been at for six months. In this six month period he made just the nine appearances that returned the one goal.

Muntari arrived in English football at the opening of the summer 2007 transfer window, Portsmouth paying Udinese just shy of £9.5 million for the Ghanaian midfield lynchpin. He arrived at the south coast club after 152 games (nine goals/six assists) for his breakthrough club in Serie A.

He spent just one season at Pompey in the Premier League (29 games/four goals/four assists) before securing a £12.6 million transfer back to Italy with Serie A giants Inter Milan. He was at Inter for a further 30 months until returning to English football on a half-season loan to Sunderland.

Muntari only featured in nine games (two assists) for the Black Cats in the 2010/11 Premier League campaign before returning to Inter. After the last of his forays into English football with the Wearsiders, Muntari’s career saw him play for AC Milan, Saudi side Al Ittihad and finally Pescara.

A reminder of Muntari’s time at Portsmouth

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