Reports from ESPN Brasil and later published by Spanish newspaper Sport claim that there is an unlikely name on the transfer wish-list of Barcelona manager Tata Martino – current Sunderland loanee Santiago Vergini.
The 25-year-old Argentine belongs to Estudiantes, but temporarily moved to the Stadium of Light in January. Since then he has made five appearances for Gus Poyet’s side.
But it appears if Martino has his way – and remains at the Nou Camp next season – he would like to bring in his former player from their time together at Newell’s Old Boys.
Vergini has not broken into the Sunderland side as he may have liked, spending three of the five Premier League matches since his arrival on the bench. But he did start – and finish –all three of their FA Cup games prior to their elimination from that competition.
Prior to his loan switch, he had played all but two league matches for his parent-club.
But while he could soon be leaving Sunderland to return home, it may only be until Barcelona make their move.
The reported transfer list also includes the names of Sergio Aguero, Miroslav Klose, Arda Turan and Ilkay Gundogan among others.
But of all the names, it is Vergini’s that stands out, and one wonders if he will be the man to replace the retiring Carles Puyol or if Barca will instead opt for a more established and headline-inducing alternative.