Emanuele Giaccherini signs for the Black Cats

Sunderland confirmed today the signing of Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini on a four-year deal. The former Juventus midfielder, as we can call him now, was part of the dominant Juventus team that won back-to-back Scudettos which encompassed going a whole season unbeaten.

After failing to nail a starting spot in the massively talented Bianconeri squad, Giacherrini was forced to leave and earlier this month Bianconeri coach, Antonio Conte, confirmed that Juventus were looking to sell Giacherrini in order to raise funds for future deals.

The 28 year old winger only managed 10 Serie A starts last season for Juve. For him to be able to make the World Cup squad, the Italian man has to be playing consistently and what better place to do so than The Stadium Of Light. Moving to arguably the ‘best’ league in the world and linking up with Italian and Premier League maestro Paolo Di Canio is definitely a move Emanuele Giaccherini would relish.

Reports in the Italian media suggest the Black Cats submitted a bid of around £8m for the Italy international with add-ons to be paid based on the number of appearances and goals he manages. Antonio Conte was somewhat disappointed to lose Emanuele . “Giaccherini was valued, they offered him an important contract” the Bianconeri coach revealed at a press conference. “I’m happy for him but unhappy for me.” 

The Italian was also very crucial in Italy’s Confederations Cup campaign netting a goal against eventual winners Brazil in a 4-2 defeat while helping the Azzurri  finish third. Giaccherini plays predominantly as a winger but could also operate as an inside forward or ‘mezzala’. He begun his playing career at Cesena and has had spells at Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia.

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It has been a very busy window for the Black Cats, having already signed seven players. Emanuele Giaccherini is a massive stroke of genius from Paolo Di Canio. His experience and undoubted talent will be vital in Sunderland’s Premier League campaign next season.

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