Former Juve man reportedly joins in deal worth €10m.
Sunderland have confirmed the signing of Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini from Juventus, as announced on their official website.
The Italian international enjoyed an impressive Confederations Cup campaign in Brazil last month, but having struggled to cement his place in the Bianconeri first-team, he has earned a big-money move to join Paolo Di Canio and the Black Cats.
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The 28-year-old reportedly joins in a deal worth €10m including bonuses, and has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
Having won back-to-back Scudetti with the Turin giants, Giaccherini undoubtedly brings a winner’s mentality to the club, although his first task will be helping Sunderland improve on their disappointing season last year.
Di Canio was able to guide them away from the relegation zone having taken charge for the last handful of league games at the end of the campaign, but the supporters will be expecting better results in the new season.
Giaccherini’s versatility has been lauded by many in Italy, and he has been deployed in various positions for both club and country including being played on either wing or in the middle and can represent a real attacking threat as well as bringing his workmanlike attitude.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte was reportedly upset with the player’s decision to leave, such was his value to the team.
Nevertheless he will hope to work his way into the first-team in Wearside in order to confirm his spot in Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad heading to Brazil for the World Cup next summer.