SUNDERLAND’S efforts to sign Argentine full-back Gino Peruzzi hang in the balance after the player and his representatives failed to agree personal terms.
Sunderland are believed to have agreed a fee in the region of £5m with Velez Sarsfield but the defender’s advisers are not satisfied with the offer so far.
Velez’s vice-president Julio Baldomar revealed: “It’s the first time that something like this has happened to us.
“The player and his agent have said that what Sunderland offered him isn’t enough. This has given us several problems.
“We got to an arrangement from club to club very fast. We arranged the amount of the transfer and everything was okay between Velez and Sunderland.
“But, suddenly, the player and his agent have said that what has been offered as a contract to Peruzzi isn’t enough.
“If he says that what he would receive isn’t enough, we can’t do anything about that.
“But it’s weird because what the player will receive for the transfer is a lot of money as he will receive 15 per cent of what Sunderland pays to Velez.
“We will see what happens in the next hours because if Peruzzi finally doesn’t get transferred that gives Velez lots of problems.”