Roma are reportedly keeping tabs on Ricky Alvarez’s situation – potentially offering an escape route from Sunderland’s legal problems with Inter Milan.
Last season’s loanee Alvarez remains in limbo, as Sunderland and Inter face a FIFA arbitration case to decide where the Argentine international will play his football.
Sunderland were duty-bound to sign Alvarez in a £7.5million deal if they remained in the Premier League last season, but the Black Cats are arguing that Inter breached the loan contract due to their hesitation in approving knee surgery for the 27-year-old.
Inter have begun formal proceedings with FIFA, who will decide the matter.
However, speculation in Italy today has suggested that Inter’s Serie A peers Roma have made an informal enquiry about Alvarez’s availability, in a move that would suit all parties.
Roma’s interest is only at an early stage though and the likelihood is that the case will continue to go before FIFA.
They could decide that Sunderland have to go ahead with the transfer, or at a discounted rate than the figure agreed last summer.