Sunderland's Peruzzi deal hits snag

Sunderland's bid to land Argentina fullback Gino Peruzzi appears to have hit a major snag.

Sunderland has agreed a fee with Velez Sarsfield for the 21-year-old right-back, but is yet to finalise the deal, and it emerged in South America that personal terms could be the problem.

Velez vice-president Julio Baldomar told TyC Sports: "The player and his agent say that the offer from Sunderland isn't sufficient - not the transfer fee, because the player will take 15 per cent, which is enough, but what they've offered him. They say that isn't it what they want.

"It's the first time where we've arranged a transfer to a European club and after the player tells us that he wants them to offer more."

Whether or not the interested parties can negotiate a way around the sticking point remains to be seen, but Baldomar admits a failure to do so could cause his club significant problems.

He said: "If the player isn't transferred, we have to sit down with the board to see what the next step will be.

"It's an exceptional case because generally when there appears an offer from Europe, the players is the first person who wants to go.

"He isn't in agreement with his contract and we cannot do anything about that.

"We need to sit down and think calmly about what we're going to do.

"It the transfer doesn't go through it causes us delays with wages and payments. And it's not only on the footballing front that it creates problems, but also in the social part of the club, like the school for example, because the subsidies have been reduced by the city council."

Should Sunderland be unable to iron out the problem, that would represent a further blow to manager Paolo Di Canio who also appears to have missed out 18-year-old left-back Benjamin Mendy after Ligue 1 side Marseille agreed a deal in principle to sign the player from Le Havre.

Di Canio has already brought in five new faces and a sixth, USA striker Jozy Altidore, was on Wearside on Monday to undergo a medical with a view to completing his switch from Dutch club AZ.

However, with so much of the transfer window still to run, the Italian has urged the club's fans to relax and be patient as director of football Roberto De Fanti attempts to land his targets.

He told the club's official website, www.safc.com: "In terms of fans, I was a fanatical fan when I was younger so I can understand their feeling, I know they want to know what's going on.

"[The fans may feel] we need a striker, a right-back, a left back, and it will be the same when we win two in a row and they think maybe we can go into the Europa League.

"They will dream, they will go hungry, they will be upset, but I can tell them only one thing - relax."

Di Canio is not only looking for talented players during his northern summer shopping mission, but men with the character he wants to take the club forward.

He found that in his most dependable performers at the end of last season as the Black Cats managed to stave off relegation, and his newcomers will have to buy into the same philosophy.

Di Canio said: "We are going to build a very, very good team with a very good work ethic.

"That will be crucial on the field - we are going to face the opponents, we are going to challenge the opponents.

"My team and the players I select will always have to wear this shirt with honour, dignity and respect, otherwise they can't play under me.

"The fans have to be proud when we finish the game even if we lose, because unfortunately, we are going to lose a few games."

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