Everton hope for summer verdict
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Perugia still owe The Toffees £500,000 as part of the deal that saw the Italian international move to Internazionale in 2001 for £7 million.
Officials from Goodison Park travelled to Italy last month in attempt to settle the row without the need to call in football's governing body but were unsuccessful.
The club have now begun legal proceedings to recover the money and Everton chief executive Michael Dunford is hopeful of a final verdict by the summer.
"It is now in the hands of the Italian solicitors and Fifa," said Dunford.
"We hope it will be resolved to our satisfaction by the end of the season."