Sunderland may end up paying £10m for player they didn’t sign

The midfielder played just 11 games for the Black Cats during an ill-fated loan spell from Inter Milan two seasons ago.

But the club are resigned to a Court of Arbitration ruling in the Serie A giant’s favour in a dispute over Alvarez’ transfer deal.

Inter claim Sunderland, who recruited Alvarez when Gus Poyet was in charge, were committed to signing him on a permanent basis if they avoided relegation that season.

They stayed up with the South American playing little part in their survival battle and Sunderland claimed the fact he spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch invalidated the agreement.

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