The ongoing saga of Ricky Alvarez’s future and Fabio Borini’s second unveiling at Sunderland have made the headlines today.
Alvarez – as we revealed yesterday – has been told he can’t be granted free agent status and join San Lorenzo.
Sunderland have been involved in a summer-long dispute with Inter Milan over Alvarez after failing to activate the £8million permanent clause in the midfielder’s season-long loan deal at the Stadium of Light.
A FIFA statement revealed that the proposal from San Lorenzo had been rejected and that the process of resolving the dispute was still ongoing.
“We can confirm that the dispute opposing the club FC Internazionale Milano to the club Sunderland AFC concerning the player Ricardo Alvarez is currently pending with our services,” said a FIFA spokesperson.
Another transfer saga thankfully at an end is Borini’s, and he was yesterday unveiled to the media after his permanent £8million move.
And Borini’s wide-ranging interview with us is making headlines across the country now, after the player hit out at his treatment by Liverpool.
Dick Advocaat is also set to meet the media today to preview Sunday’s game against Spurs.
Advocaat’s press conference is scheduled for 2pm and we will have all the latest updates here and via @youngsunecho.
Sunderland will come up against England striker Harry Kane, who has yet to open his duck for Spurs this season despite bagging 31 last season.
However, he’s not panicking about his lack of Premier League goals after scoring for England in midweek.
“It’s great coming away and scoring goals with England but there’s no rush with it with Spurs,” Kane said.
“If I don’t score for the next three or four games there’s no panic. I will keep working hard and trying to improve, it’s a long old season and I’m ahead of where I was last season. I just have to focus on what’s ahead.”
Another player working hard is Duncan Watmore – both on and off the pitch.
The 21-year-old was yesterday awarded a first class honours degree in economics from Newcastle University and is now pushing for more of a role under Advocaat.