Black Cats aim for Arca deal
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The gifted 23-year-old has 12 months to run on his contract and the club are understandably keen to tie up a deal with the sought-after left-sider.
''Julio has another 12 months to run and we see him in our plans for the future,'' confirmed club vice-chairman John Fickling.
''We will do everything in our power to keep Julio and we are trying to persuade him to sign a longer contract.
''We are working hard to do that and we have to see whether Julio, or any other player for that matter, is committed to the club.
''If a player isn't committed to the club we might as well realise some value for him now.''
Mick McCarthy is well aware that the player is not short of suitors, with Celtic and West Brom thought to be leading the queue for his signature.
However, the Black Cats boss is quietly optimistic that a deal could soon be struck with the club's prized asset.
''There have been talks taking place with Julio's agent although, at the moment, nothing has been decided,'' explained McCarthy.
''But I am optimistic.''
Although the Wearsiders are keen to keep Arca at the club, they are ready to listen to offers for several senior players, with Thomas Myhre and Nicolas Medina looking as though their Sunderland careers could be coming to a close.
McCarthy has indicated he is determined to freshen up his squad this summer, with West Ham's David Connelly reportedly the club's main target.
''Mick has got it into his mind that he wants to establish a young team and we could see some of the more senior players, and some of the more expensive pros, move on as well,'' concluded Fickling.