Vergini to complete move to Boca Juniors, according to reports

Is the Argentine on his way out of the Stadium of Light?

Vergini to complete move to Boca Juniors, according to reports
Santiago Vergini in action for Sunderland in their 1-0 win over Newcastle United back in 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Sunderland defender, Santiago Vergini is set complete his move to Argentina side, Boca Juniors this week according to reports. 

On the way out 

The Argentine was considered a bright, young defender when he made his initial move to the Stadium of Light back in January 2014, coming in on loan from Estudiantes. 

He was preferred by former manager Gus Poyet, with his move becoming permanent after the Black Cats avoided relegation in the 2014/15 season. 

However he was very much left out by Dick Advocaat,and was sent out on loan to La Liga outfit, Getafe. Despite bening sent off on his debut, the 27-year-old impressed many but their relegation from the Spanish top-flight ruled out any hope of a permanent transfer. 

No freebies 

Despite vague interest from Poyet, who is currently in charge of Spanish side, Real Betis, it seems that Vergini will make a return to his homeland with Boca Juniors. 

However it is reported that Sunderland rejected an initial approach from the Primera Division side, who looked to bring in Vergini on a free. However, the Black Cats are reportedly holding out for a fee, to try and recoup some of the £2million that they paid in the first place. 

Vergini battles for the ball against Barcelona. | Image credit: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Vergini battles for the ball against Barcelona. | Image credit: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images

More than capable 

Vergini has yet to - and is very unlikely to - play under current manager Sam Allardyce, and it is reported that Allardyce might be on his way through the exit door. He has emerged as one of the favourites for the vacant England managerial job. 

The job opened up after Roy Hodgson's resignation, following England's 2-1 defeat to Iceland, and Jermain Defoe said that he would be more than capable to take over the coveted role. 

He told BBC five live that he hopes he stays "at Sunderland" as he said that it is not until you "play for a manager" that you realise what they can "bring to a team" and to a "dressing room". 

Sunderland AFC will take on Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Wednesday, July 20 with kick-off at 7:30pm BST.