Sunderland believe that they will not have to make Ricky Alvarez's transfer from Inter Milan a permanent one, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.
Alvarez joined the Black Cats on loan last summer, with the North East club agreeing to buy the trickster for a price of £7.5 million at the end of the season.
However, Alvarez has failed to impress during his time at Sunderland and it seems that the club have been able to find a get out clause in the deal.
The Wearsiders obviously do not want to spend such a large chunk of their budget on a player who has made little impact during his first year in England, and they have reportedly managed to find a way out of the agreed terms.
That leaves Alvarez's future very uncertain, with Inter seemingly reluctant to welcome him back into their fold.
The Uruguayan has not exactly put himself in the shop window over the past season, either. Alvarez has struggled to adapt to life at Sunderland, with his performances often below par.
Despite possessing match-winning ability, he has rarely been used by the Black Cats and the club will be hoping to spend the money they have saved from not buying him on players ready to hit the ground running in the Premier League.