Sunderland close to capturing Italy international Giaccherini

Sky Sports has reported that Sunderland are nearing the signing of Juventus and Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini.

Giaccherini can play either as a winger or more centrally and is thought to have travelled to Sunderland’s training camp in Italy to undergo a medical and finalise the move. The 28-year-old has 14 caps for his country and looks set for an £8.5m move to the Stadium of Light.

It was said by Juventus that they did not want to lose Giaccherini but he wants to play regularly, something he is unlikely to do next season with the Serie A champions. The club’s general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, revealed: “In Giaccherini’s transfer to Sunderland, the will of the player had priority over the club’s.

Emanuele evaluated, not only the economic aspects, but also the standing he will have at Sunderland, and it was a challenge he decided to accept. We have gone along with his wishes.

Sunderland Head Coach Paolo Di Canio has already overseen an overhaul of the Black Cats’ squad, bringing in eight players after narrowly avoiding relegation last season. Among the arrivals on Wearside are United States striker Jozy Altidore, former Lazio defender Modibo Diakite and Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

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