Ex-Sunderland player Ricky Alvarez will finally make his Sampdoria debut this weekend after being given the all clear to resume his career.
That is despite an ongoing legal battle between the Black Cats, Inter Milan and FIFA.
Sunderland were duty-bound to sign Alvarez last summer after his season-long loan, but pulled out of the deal by claiming Inter breached the terms of the contract.
Sunderland believe Inter’s hesitation in approving surgery for a knee injury saw them breach the terms of the contract. An arbitration case is ongoing but FIFA have given permission for Alvarez to continue playing.
A Sampdoria statement said: “The International Transfer Certificate has arrived in the offices of Corte Lambruschini from the Football Association.
“Ricardo Gabriel Alvarez is therefore a Sampdoria player.”