GINO PERUZZI’S protracted move to Sunderland is expected to be finally concluded next week after the Argentine defender underwent a second medical examination.
Peruzzi’s £3million switch to the Stadium of Light has dragged on for the last month after first being delayed over problems with the right-back agreeing personal terms and now an issue with the 22-year-old’s fitness.
The Argentina international travelled to Wearside last week for a medical, which showed that the Velez Sarsfield man had some remaining damage from a knee ligament injury.
But Velez released a statement today, confirming Peruzzi has passed a subsequent medical in Italy and his move should be completed when Sunderland return from their pre-season tour of Hong Kong next week.
“Sunderland requested permission to subject Gino Peruzzi to a final evaluation at the Clinica Deportiva Villa Stuart in Rome, which is directed by the renowned Professor Pier Paolo Mariani,” said the statement.
“The evaluation had a positive result with Prof Mariani recommending specific work on the affected muscle area.
“Meanwhile, Sunderland had travelled to Hong Kong for some international matches, so the English club’s authorities communicated their intention to sign the contract on the return of their president in the course of this week.
“Our club’s entourage returned to Argentina on Sunday, anticipating that Gino Peruzzi will travel to England again in the coming days.”