Peruzzi could be the latest new face at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is planning an impressive deal for his fifth summer transfer by signing Argentina international defender Gino Peruzzi from Verez Sarsfield, according to the Mirror.
The 21-year-old has been making a big name for himself in South America, particularly after marking new £48.6m Barcelona signing Neymar out of both legs of a Copa Libertadores semi-final clash with Santos – the continent’s equivalent of the Champions League.
Despite attracting the attention of several top clubs in Europe it is Sunderland who have made the first move for Peruzzi and the right-back has told fans he is in discussions with the Black Cats.
Due to the youngster being eligible for an Italian passport, Di Canio would also be able to avoid the potentially dangerous path to secure a work permit for the Argentine.
Peruzzi has played 29 matches for Sarsfield in all competitions in 2012/13 and has been a key part of their side throughout the year.
Signing the young Argentinian would represent a massive coup for Sunderland, who are trying to rebuild their squad under Di Canio following a woeful previous campaign.
With four international caps to his name already Peruzzi would arrive with a glowing reputation and would join already acquired new players Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Valentin Roberge and David Moberg Karlsson at the Stadium of Light.
The 44-year-old manager is trying to change the face of the club following a 17th place finish in the Premier League this May and has already allowed centre-backs Titus Bramble and Matthew Kilgallon to leave Wearside as part of that project.