The Northern Echo has reported that Sunderland are confident of getting out of a deal to sign Ricky Alvarez on a permanent basis.
The paper claims that Dick Advocaat’s side are at odds with Alvarez’s parent club Inter Milan, with the Serie A giants insisting that the Black Cats are obliged to sign the player after a loan spell last season.
However, the North East club feel the loan agreement from last season was rendered void after Inter refused to grant permission for the player to have surgery.
The Echo states that Sunderland are seeking the advice of FIFA over the issue, as they look to put the matter to bed and move on.
It’s a needless headache for Advocaat, who will be keen to find ways of improving his squad’s situation after the club narrowly avoided relegation down to the Championship last season.
He needs a settled situation and no conflicts, which will allow him to funnel his concentration towards targeting new players in the transfer market and working with the individuals he does have at his disposal.
It’s very important that Sunderland get off to a good start in the Premier League this August and hopefully, with a kind fixture list, the club can quickly work towards consolidating as a mid-table Premier League side.