Since Gus Poyet recently mentioned how impressed he was with Ignacio 'Nacho' Scocco's scoring rate, the player himself has asked to leave Internacional, with the Football Director of the Brazilian side, Eduardo Lacher, confirming that he had asked to leave;
Scocco is a great player but he expressed interest in leaving as he does not want to play in Brazil.
He talked with Abel Braga [Internacional manager], said he no longer wants to play for Inter and is no longer motivated to play for Inter.
The player has to want to play at Inter. Otherwise, you can not play for the club.
He expressed a desire to leave, so we will try to find a way out for him.
Meanwhile, Lacher's co-Football Director, Roberto Melo, said the Porto Alegre-based side will be looking to regain their initial investment in the player (around £3.5m);
Let's look at the best way to recover the investment we made. The club will take care to analyse every proposal.
Scocco is expected to move to Europe, and his agent, Fabian Soldini, has confirmed Sunderland have an interest in the 28-year-old striker;
We know there are interested clubs like Valencia and Sunderland.
But stressed that any decision lies with Internacional;
We have no idea what will happen with Nacho, since we depend on Inter to transfer him or accept a loan.
While he waits for his future to be settled, Scocco is training alone and away from the rest of Inter's first team squad.
In other news, Sunderland's pursuit of another Argentine international, Santiago Vergini, is believed to have been complicated by cash strapped Estudiantes asking for more than the already agreed fee of $700,000. However Sunderland seem keem to wrap this deal up and have reportedly told the La Plata based side that they expect the issue to be resolved by Tuesday.
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