Ricky Alvarez linked with Mexican side as Sunderland's legal wrangle with Inter Milan continues

Ricky Alvarez
Ricky Alvarez

Sunderland outcast Ricky Alvarez could have finally found a new club after reports linking him with a move to Mexican outfit Club America.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport report the Argentine is close to a deal, which could bring an end to a frustrating spell in his career which has seen Sunderland and Inter Milan at odds.

Alvarez’s future remains in limbo though, four months after Inter Milan instructed FIFA as arbitrators in their dispute with Sunderland over the Argentine international.

Sunderland were duty-bound to sign Alvarez in an £8million deal this summer after his season-long loan at the Stadium of Light, but pulled out of the deal by claiming Inter breached the terms of the contract.

Inter have been adamant that there was no escape clause for Sunderland after they avoided the drop and are confident their argument will be successful.

“We’ve made our arguments on this,” financial officer Michael Williamson recently told the Italian press.

“FIFA is working on this and we’re co-operating with the investigation, the judgement will be communicated when it arrives.

“However, we’re sure we’re in the right. It’s important for every club to respect the FIFA regulations, if they don’t they’re not cut out for football.”

Sporting director Piero Ausilio added: “All of our defences are based on something clear and well-written in English. We believe we’ve respected our rights in full."

Alvarez started just five Premier League games during his injury-hit stint at Sunderland, before missing the final two months of the season with a knee problem.

Sunderland believe that Inter’s hesitation in approving surgery for that knee injury saw them breach the terms of the contract.