City confirm Jacob ‘Lungi’ Sørensen deal
PUBLISHED: 18:36 20 July 2020 | UPDATED: 08:24 21 July 2020
JASON DAWSON ©Jason Dawson
Norwich City have made Danish Under-21 midfielder Jacob ‘Lungi’ Sørensen their first summer signing as they plan for the Championship fightback.
Sörensen joins from Esbjerg on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee and will officially become a City player when the transfer window opens on July 27, subject to international clearance.
The 22-year-old has agreed to link up with the Canaries ahead of the return to the Football League and joins Melvin Sitti, Sam McCallum and Danel Sinani as new faces in Daniel Farke’s squad.
Sörensen arrives in Norfolk with a reputation as a ball-playing defensive midfielder who made 23 appearances in the Danish top flight last season.
“It feels really good to be here. Norwich is a big club, so it is a great step for me. I’m really excited to play for the club,” he said.
“It was an easy decision when Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke showed their interest. I’m mostly a number six defensive midfielder, but can also play as a centre-back.
“I can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to meeting the fans when they can be in the stadium. I could feel the atmosphere through the television against Manchester City (Norwich’s 3-2 Premier League win in September 2019). It seemed incredible.”
Sörensen featured in the Europa League qualifying rounds during this past season and has represented Denmark at Under-18s, 20s and 21s.
Canaries’ head coach Farke, speaking to the club’s official site, revealed there was strong interest in the highly-rated youngster.
“We’re really happy to be able to sign Jacob. There was a lot of interest and many clubs were after him,” he said.
“He’s young but still has experience on a really good level in a different country. He’s a brilliant lad and I like his attitude. He offers a lot in midfield. He’s aggressive and competitive in duels but also good on the ball, so quite versatile.
“From defensive midfield positions, he’s also been capable of scoring goals, something we have been lacking. I think we’ve got a really good talent. We hope he can help us in the short and long term.”
Sporting director Webber pledged last week their would be a turnover to the current roster as City look to overhaul the squad following Premier League relegation.
Bali Mumba, Sebastian Soto and Matthew Dennis have been heavily touted with moves to Norfolk. Polish winger Przemysław Płacheta is also reportedly finalising his switch from Slask Wroclaw.