Sunderland exit still on track for defender, despite failed medical claims

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Santiago Vergini's move to Boca Juniors is still ON, despite claims in Argentina that he has failed a medical.

The Sunderland defender was expected to be unveiled by Boca over the weekend after the two clubs agreed a £1.5million fee last week and the player himself was ready to put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

Vergini had even taken part in a photo shoot wearing a Boca shirt, ahead of his unveiling by the Argentine side.

But there were widespread reports in his homeland over the weekend that Boca had identified an issue with Vergini's Achilles during his medical.

The Echo understands though that the deal is still on track, with Vergini's injury a minor one and Boca attempting to renegotiate the terms of the transfer to knock down Sunderland's price tag.

They are unlikely to be successful in that ploy, with Sunderland confident they can recoup the bulk of the £2m they invested in Vergini last summer after a compulsory purchase clause in his loan deal.