Santiago Vergini has finally completed his move to Argentinian side Boca Juniors.
The now-former Sunderland defender, who can play both centre-back and right-back was expected to be introduced by Boca Juniors over the weekend following a return to his native Argentina after the two clubs agreed a £1.5 million fee with the player ready to sign the three-year deal.
The deal through, finally...
However, despite claims of a failed medical, the deal still went ahead today a couple of days behind schedule as Boca were trying to renegotiate different terms with the hope to pay less for the player, who is set to leave the Stadium of Light despite the medical issues.
The Black Cats were hoping to recoup the majority of the £2m that they had to pay for the Argentina international last summer.
There were widespread reports over the weekend that Boca has had a massive issue with the centre-half Achilles during the undertaking of his medical. The Argentinian had taken part in a photoshoot wearing the Boca home strip. With the deal in doubt since Friday Boca changed the contract deal to one year instead of the intended three and, Vergini agreed and to a disclosed fee.
Vergini joined the Black Cats in January 2014 on a loan deal under then head coach Gus Poyet. Making an impression at right-back during the Great Escape, he then re-joined the Wearsiders on a loan-to-buy agreement with Dick Advocaat being pushed into taking up the £2m permanent deal.
Losing out on his position
Advocaat was adamant that Vergini had no place in the squad, which resulted in the defender being loaned out to Getafe, who were also obligated to make the move permanent, however it was null and void when the Spanish team was relegated from La Liga which would have seen his time with the Black Cats come to an end with Sam Allardyce at the helm.
Vergini will leave Sunderland with 51 appearances – all of which came during his loan spell. He will be infamously remembered for the spectacular own goal against Southampton and the hefty and unforgettable 8-0 defeat to the Saints two seasons ago.
Manager Allardyce will need to sell unwanted players to give him maximum room for manoeuvre in this summer’s transfer market, and the Argentinian is the first to leave the club with others being at the end of their contract with the Black Cats.