No way out: Inter insist Sunderland MUST keep loan flop Ricky Alvarez

Ricky Alvarez in action for Sunderland

Ricky Alvarez in action for Sunderland

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Inter Milan insist Ricky Alvarez WILL rejoin at Sunderland on a permanent basis, despite the Black Cats’ confidence that they can pull out of the £7.5million deal.

As reported earlier this week, Sunderland believe that they have a get-out clause to avoid spending a chunk of their summer budget on last season’s loanee Alvarez, with the Argentine international facing a long-term spell on the sidelines.

We made an agreement, a transfer with Sunderland. For us, he is absolutely a Sunderland player.

Piero Ausilio, Inter Milan’s sporting director

When Alvarez arrived from Inter on a season-long loan last summer, there was a clause in the deal for Sunderland to sign him permanently if the Black Cats were able to remain in the Premier League.

But Alvarez is now facing surgery on the knee injury which limited him to just five Premier League starts and Sunderland are confident that there is a legal avenue in the loan contract to pull out of the big money move.

However, Inter continue to argue the opposite, with sporting director Piero Ausilio adamant that Alvarez is now a Sunderland player.

“It’s very simple, there are no concerns on our part,” he told the Italian press.

“We made an agreement, a transfer with Sunderland.

“For us, he is absolutely a Sunderland player.

“Sunderland stayed up, that was the only condition.

“Everything else is just speculation that I have read, but I’m not interested in that.”

If the two clubs remain at loggerheads, then the likelihood is that FIFA will have to intervene as arbitrators over the transfer.

But, certainly, Sunderland’s original intention had been to keep Alvarez, with sporting director Lee Congerton believing that the 27-year-old’s injuries have ruined what could have been a transfer coup for the Black Cats.

Instead, Alvarez was restricted to a bit-part role for the campaign and now requires an operation on what is a complicated knee problem.