Bologna have urged Emmanuele Giaccherini to make it clear to Sunderland that he wants to leave the Stadium of Light permanently this summer.
Giaccherini has proved a big hit at Bologna since joining the Serie A club on a season-long loan last summer, with the 30-year-old netting seven goals in 26 league appearances and forcing his way back into the Italy squad ahead of the summer’s European Championships.
Bologna have made no secret of their desire to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal, although they are not alone, with several other Italian sides keeping tabs on the situation.
But meeting Sunderland’s asking price for Giaccherini may be Bologna’s biggest issue, with general manager Marco Di Vaio hoping that the fee is pushed down by the player himself.
“Signing Giaccherini permanently does not depend only on Sunderland, who don’t need the money, but it comes a lot down to the player and how successful he is in making the English club understand what he wants to do,” Di Vaio told the Italian press.
Regardless of which division Sunderland are in next season, there looks little prospect of Giaccherini remaining at the Stadium of Light as he entered the final 12 months of his contract.
Giaccherini became one of the club’s top earners after his £6.5million move from Juventus in the summer of 2014, yet struggled to consistently acclimatise to the physical demands of the Premier League.
However, with several Italian clubs interested in Giaccherini, Sunderland will hope to drive a bidding war for his signature.