Paulo Da Silva’s move to Cruz Azul may have fallen through but boss Steve Bruce still expects the Sunderland defender to leave the Stadium of Light.
The Paraguay international has failed to establish himself in the Black Cats defence and is now deemed surplus to requirements.
The 30-year-old decided against a switch to Cruz Azul, although Spanish side Real Zaragoza are waiting in the wings to make their move.
Bruce told The Journal: "Paulo turned down the move to Cruz Azul and I think the Mexican window is shut.
"There is interest in Spain and that might develop. Real Zaragoza want him, so something might happen there."