Whatever your views on Ricky Alvarez, the situation of the attacking midfielder is an unsatisfactory one for all concerned, with the player the biggest loser.
Sunderland took him on loan last season from Inter Milan, with the two clubs rowing over who he should be playing for in 2015/16, both English and Italian leagues have kicked off with Alvarez left to train alone.
The background, reported by Sunderland Echo, is a clause in his contract based upon Premier League survival meant the club were bound to pay a £7.5 million fee for him. Dick Advocaat's side are opposed to this, and have tried to find a loophole based around Alvarez's injury issues.
Inter Milan are not taking this lying down, and as reported by Football Italia, the Serie A giants have taken the case to football's governing body FIFA for arbitration.
Italian website Tuttomercatoweb report Alvarez is hoping for a resolution from FIFA within 10 days.
His preference is not to play for either Sunderland or Inter, and wants to become a free agent.
Argentine side River Plate are ready to step in, according to Tuttomercatoweb, and sign the attacking midfielder if he is granted the 'freedom' he wants.
Alvarez has personal connections to current River boss Marcelo Gallardo, and realistically few would seek to deny the 27-year-old the chance to continue a once promising career. He has been training back in Buenos Aires since July as he awaits a resolution.
Yet it is also understable from both sides of the argument, why Sunderland and Inter are each refusing to back down.