Emmanuele Giaccherini's agent has warned Serie A suitors that the midfielder will not be allowed to leave Sunderland on the cheap this summer.
Giaccherini has impressed for Bologna since returning to his homeland on a season-long loan last summer after netting six goals in 20 starts, plus earning a recall to the Italian squad.
The 30-year-old caught the eye for Italy in their 1-1 draw against Spain on Thursday night, albeit he was forced off with a foot injury which required an x-ray to ascertain the extent of the damage.
When Giaccherini's loan spell expires at the end of the season, he will only have a year remaining on the Sunderland contract he penned when he arrived in a £6.5million deal from Juventus in the summer of 2013.
But his agent, Furio Valcareggi, believes that Sunderland will still want a meaningful fee for Giaccherini, presuming they allow him to remain in Italy on a permanent basis.
"He will be going into the last year of his contract and I think that makes it more affordable," said Valcareggi.
"But there will still need to be some negotiations with Sunderland. They do not have economic problems and therefore do not give gifts."
Giaccherini's former Juventus boss and current Italy manager Antonio Conte recalled him to the international fold and amidst widespread speculation that he will take charge at Chelsea next season, the attacking midfielder has been linked with a shock move to Stamford Bridge.
But Bologna are interested in keeping hold of Giaccherini, while Lazio have also been linked, although Valcareggi insists there has been nothing concrete from the latter.
"I do not know anything about Lazio, but they are a big club among the top six in Italy," he added.
"It is an attractive proposition."