PAULO DA Silva is on his way to Spain for talks with Real Zaragoza over a permanent move to the La Liga outfit.
The Paraguayan captain was en route to the continent this morning to discuss personal terms and see if he could reach an agreement which would end his 18-month stay on Wearside.
The Spanish outfit have been tracking the centre-half (right)since the last transfer window, keeping pace with the other major competitor for the unsettled defender’s signature – Mexican side Cruz Azul.
But while Cruz Azul dropped out of the running after making firm inquiries at the end of last month. Zaragoza are ready to press home their interest this weekend and are confident they can come up with a deal which will appeal to both Sunderland and the player.
Sunderland would want a modest fee for a player who Steve Bruce picked up on a Bosman free transfer in July, 2009, but while the fee is likely to be under seven figures, there will be a significant saving on the club’s wage bill.
Da Silva, who turns 31 next week, has made only 18 appearances for Sunderland since moving to Wearside in what has been a disappointing stay at the club.
But despite struggling to come to terms with the rigours of the English Premier League, he played a starring role for Paraguay in the World Cup in South Africa, proving his pedigree as the South American side reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Meanwhile David Healy also looks as though he is on his way out of the Stadium of Light.
Glasgow Rangers want to take him until the end of the season and Sunderland are happy to let a player leave who has never had a place in Steve Bruce’s plans and is finally out of contract this summer.