Italian international set for switch to Premier League.
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has revealed that Emanuele Giaccherini asked the club to sell him to Sunderland.
The Bianconeri accepted an offer reportedly worth €10m for the Italian international on Thursday, and he is expected to agree on personal terms and officially be unveiled in the coming weeks.
However, Marotta has revealed that the club didn’t particularly wish to split with the 28-year-old, with coach Antonio Conte valuing his versatility and graft for the team.
Nevertheless, it is understood that Giaccherini personally requested a move away from Turin, as he comes off the back of an impressive Confederations Cup campaign.
The versatile midfielder is hopeful of gaining more first-team football in England with his opportunities limited with the reigning Serie A champions.
Despite being a personal favourite of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, with the World Cup fast approaching Giaccherini is hopeful that the move will help secure his place on the trip to Brazil next summer.
“In Giaccherini’s transfer to Sunderland, the will of the player had priority over the club’s,” Marotta told the media as reported by Sky Sports.
“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,” he added.
Marotta also went on to confirm that Juve have given up on their hopes of signing Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, with the Montenegrin now likely to follow Giaccherini to the Premier League.
Having already signed Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente this summer, Marotta revealed that Conte is well equipped to seal a third consecutive league title as well as being competitive in Europe.