Gino Peruzzi has turned down a contract offer from Sunderland according to his Argentinian club Velez.
Peruzzi, 21, is highly rated in his homeland having already made his international debut for Argentina and is considered by many to be a potential long-term successor to Javier Zanetti.
The Black Cats previously agreed a fee in the region of £3.5million with Velez but thus far, the club and Peruzzi have been unable to reach an agreement much to the surprise of Velez’s vice-president Julio Baldomar.
“It’s the first time that something like this has happened to us,” Baldomar told TyC Sports.
“The player and his agent have said that what Sunderland offered him isn’t enough. This has given us several problems.
“We got to an arrangement from club to club very fast. We arranged the amount of the transfer and everything was okay between Velez and Sunderland. But, suddenly, the player and his agent have said that what has been offered as a contract to Peruzzi isn’t enough.
“If he says that what he would receive isn’t enough, we can’t do anything about that. But it’s weird because what the player will receive for the transfer is a lot of money as he will receive 15 per cent of what Sunderland pays to Velez.
“We will see what happens in the next hours because if Peruzzi finally doesn’t get transferred that gives Velez lots of problems.”