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Saturday 21 October 2017

Emanuele Giaccherini joins Sunderland from Juventus for £6.5m

Emanuele Giaccherini has signed a four-year deal at Sunderland
Emanuele Giaccherini has signed a four-year deal at Sunderland

Sunderland have completed the signing of Italy midfielder from Juventus.

The Black Cats confirmed this afternoon that Giaccherini's switch from the Serie A champions had been completed with the 28-year-old having put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

Juve have announced the fee was £6.5 million for a player who has won 14 international caps and featured at Euro 2012 last summer.

The fee and personal terms were settled last week but the deal was not finalised until after Giaccherini's wife gave birth to daughter Caterina.

Sunderland said on their website (www.safc.com) that he had signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light.

The 28-year-old, who has played 14 times for Italy, can be deployed as either an attacking midfielder or a left-winger and is the latest addition to a rapidly changing squad being assembled by new coach, Italian Paolo Di Canio.

Giaccherini began his career with Cesena and had loan spells with Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia.

He moved to Juventus in August 2011 and made 40 league appearances for the club, scoring four goals before making the move to Wearside.

He is the most expensive Sunderland acquisition so far this summer and follows the arrivals of Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Jozy Altidore, Vito Mannone, David Moberg Karlsson, El-Hadji Ba and Duncan Watmore.

Sunderland are also reported to be close to signing Greek winger Charas Mavrias and Argentinian right-back Gino Peruzzi this week.

He was also a part of Italy's Confederations Cup campaign last month.

Giaccherini joined Juventus from Cesena in August 2011, and went on to win back-to-back Scudetti.

The attack-minded midfield man, who can play in the centre or out wide, made 40 league appearances for the Turin club, scoring four goals.

During his time with Cesena, he had loan spells with Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia.

He is the ninth player to be recruited in a busy summer for Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, the Italian appointed in March as successor to the sacked Martin O'Neill.

After keeping the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League - they finished 17th - Di Canio has embarked upon a major overhaul of his squad, with Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Vito Mannone, Jozy Altidore, Duncan Watmore, David Moberg Karlsson and El-Hadji Ba all being brought in prior to Giaccherini's arrival.

It is expected that more new signings will follow, while Simon Mignolet, Titus Bramble, Matt Kilgallon and Ahmed Elmohamady are among those to have left the Wearside club.

Striker Danny Graham - who moved to Sunderland from Swansea in January but has not scored a goal since - could be next to go.

Reports have suggested Hull want to take Graham on loan for a season and Tigers boss Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside: "He's a very good player who hasn't had the best of times.

"It's something we're looking at."

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