SUNDERLAND misfit Ricky Alvarez has been linked with a summer move to Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
On-loan Inter Milan midfielder Alvarez remains on the sidelines with a complex knee injury after being ruled out of the relegation run-in.
Alvarez has not convinced during his injury-hit stint at the Stadium of Light, with the Argentine international making just five Premier League starts in red and white.
There have been suggestions that there is a compulsory £8million permanent deal in the loan if Sunderland stay up, although it is thought that there is an appearance get-out clause which could see the Black Cats allow the 27-year-old to return to Serie A.
But there have been reports in Italy that German side Leverkusen are keeping an eye on the Alvarez situation, with a view to a summer switch.