Sunderland on the verge of Santiago Vergini transfer
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has earmarked a central defender as a top priority during the upcoming January transfer window. Several reports in England today suggest that Poyet wants to sign Santiago Vergini from Estudiantes and with just 6 months remaining on his contract, Sunderland are set for a bargain and will just have to pay around £400,000 to secure the deal.
Estudiantes president Enrique Lombardi recently comfirmed to Argentine media outlet Diario Ole: “Vergini is eager to go, to move to a new club. He is very important to us, we are analysing a good offer.” Estudiantes are in severe difficulty financially and need to pay a debt to Mexican side Tigres by January 10th, otherwise they face a possible three points deduction due to a FIFA sanction.
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The 25-year-old centre-back won a league title with Newell’s Old Boys in June playing under now Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino. The towering and imposing 6’3″ defender was key to a solid back-line for Martino and Gus Poyet is hoping the player can lead his Black Cats defence. Poyet is aware that to stay up in the league this season, Sunderland will need to stop leaking goals and he is keen to further strengthen his defence with the Argentinian’s signing, having seen left back Marcos Alonso also recently joining the Wearsiders from Fiorentina on loan.
Vergini also has one senior cap for Argentina and he is still young and talented enough to break into the national team again. When Gerardo Martino moved to Barcelona, rumours were swirling that Vergini could have joined him there but it looks like the Premier League and Sunderland will be his ultimate destination.