SUNDERLAND have confirmed the capture of Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, with the Italian international agreeing a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
Giaccherini put pen to paper on his Sunderland contract at the Black Cats pre-season training camp in Italy yesterday and his move to Wearside has now been finalised.
The 28-year-old, who impressed for Italy in the summer’s Confederations Cup, arrives for a 7.5million Euro fee (£6.5million) according to Juventus.
Giaccherini’s signing represents another big move in the transfer market from Sunderland, who splashed out £6m to bring American international Jozy Altidore to Wearside last week.
Juventus were reluctant to part company with the attacking midfielder, who made 40 appearances for the Italian giants.
But Juventus’ need to balance the books, coupled with Sunderland’s eagerness to land cost-effective signings on the Continent, has seen Giaccherini become the club’s ninth signing of the summer.
Giaccherini will continue to train with Sunderland’s squad in Italy before flying out for the Barclay’s Asia Trophy, in Hong Kong, next week.