It's been a long time coming but it looks as if Gino Peruzzi's move to Sunderland is on the verge of completion after the highly rated right back left Argentina with Velez Sarsfield's Vice President, Julio Baldomar, and the Club Secretary, Eduardo Ordonez, to travel to England and put the finishing touches on his transfer.
Peruzzi spoke with TyC Sports while he was at the airport and explained his frustration at how Velez had handled the transfer;
The [Velez] leaders mishandled the situation, when they went on to say that my representative wanted commission and that if I did not accept that I would get suspended. It's crazy to come out and say that.
The only thing I did was to say no to a proposal that was not close. It is not true that I did not want to go [to Sunderland] or wanted to harm Velez.
He then gave an update on where he stands with Sunderland;
I decided to say no to the first proposal of them [Sunderland] because my family and I felt that it was not a worthwhile offer. But luckily we continued to negotiate and reached an agreement.
There are details that are already solved. I don't think there will be any problems. I'm very happy to take this step. It is very important to move to European football and to one of the best leagues today.
It looks as if this long awaited move is about to be completed, with the main hurdle remaining in his £3.3m transfer being the medical. Hopefully we will see him wearing the red and white stripes before the end of the week and if we do, we should see him make his debut in the Barclays Asia Trophy next week.
Want to know more about Peruzzi? Read our chat with Buenos Aires based journalist Sam Kelly, as he gives us the lowdown on our potential new right back.