Defender Santiago Vergini will not be leaving Sunderland on a free transfer, as the club are demanding a fee for the defender.
The Black Cats rejected a bid from Boca Juniors for the out-of-sorts player, who now faces an uncertain future under Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light.
Vergini played 42 times for Sunderland while on loan in the 2014-15 season, but didn’t make a single appearance after signing permanently from Estudiantes.
Black Cats want a fee for player
However, the Argentine international has been getting attention from clubs back in his home country, and Boca Juniors have already had a bid rejected from the Black Cats.
They were keen on taking the out-of-favour defender back to Argentina on a free transfer, but Sunderland are keen on a transfer fee, and the move would also free up space on the wage bill.
Former manager Gus Poyet spent £2million on the player, but sent him out on loan to La Liga, where he made 25 appearances last season.
Many players to be offloaded this summer
Boca aren’t the only side that want Vergini’s services next season, as former Sunderland boss Poyet is interested in taking him back to La Liga with Real Betis.
This is just speculation, but it would make sense if Vergini was to re-sign with Poyet’s new side, as he was the one to have brought him to the Stadium of Light.
Several players are thought to be on the verge of being dumped to free up some space on the wage bill, but also release some funds for new players.
Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini, Charis Mavrias, Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Jordi Gomez and Adam Matthews, who were all brought in by previous managers, are to be offloaded.