Sunderland are on the verge of signing Argentina’s right-back.
Paulo Di Canio is close to pulling off an impressive piece of business by signing Velez Sarfield’s Argentinian international right-back Gino Peruzzi, reports The Independent.
Velez Sarfield have confirmed on their official website that Peruzzi will travel to Sunderland ahead of a medical tomorrow, after the two clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old right-back has won four caps for Argentina, and gained recognition when he neutralised the threat of £50m man Neymar, in a Copa Libertadores tie against Santos in 2012.
Di Canio has been keen to strengthen his fullback berths after Danny Rose’s loan spell has come to an end, and Phil Bardsley has unimpressed.
Signing Peruzzi, who has previously been linked to Manchester City and Inter Milan, would be a strong statement of intent from Sunderland. The player himself could be interested in the potential of guaranteed first team football, or perhaps Sunderland’s maverick manager Di Canio was also an attraction.
Sunderland have made ambitious moves already this summer, and have been one of England’s most active clubs this transfer window. They have already signed Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore, and have made a bid for Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini.