Sunderland outcast Ricky Alvarez is wanted by Portugese giants Porto, according to reports.
If a deal could be struck for the 27-year-old attacking midfielder, it would potentially offer an escape route from the Black Cats’ legal wrangle over Alvarez.
Last season’s loanee Alvarez remains in limbo because Sunderland and Inter Milan face a FIFA arbitration case to decide where the Argentine international will play his football.
Sunderland were duty-bound to sign Alvarez in a £7.5million deal if they remained in the Premier League last season.
But the Black Cats are arguing that Inter breached the loan contract due to their hesitation in approving knee surgery for the 27-year-old.
Inter have begun formal proceedings with FIFA, who will decide the matter.