Italian midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has completed a move from Sunderland to Serie A club Napoli for £2m.
Sunderland confirmed this in a statement on the official website, which reads:
“Sunderland AFC midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has completed a permanent transfer to Italian side SSC Napoli for an undisclosed fee. The 31-year-old joined Sunderland from Juventus in 2013 and has since made 43 appearances, scoring five goals, for the Black Cats.”
The player spent last season on loan at Bologna and would have been out of contract next summer. He was brought to Sunderland when his countryman Paolo Di Canio was in charge at the Stadium of Light, but started just 18 games before his loan move to Bologna.
Giaccherini was put under the spotlight when now Chelsea boss Antonio Conte made him an integral part of the Italy side which took part in Euro 16. He started four out of five games for his country, performing admirably, scoring in a 2-0 win over Belgium, and converting from the spot during Italy’s quarter-final penalty shootout against Germany.
His agent had revealed earlier, that the player’s dream was a move to Chelsea, given Conte’s new role. Having played under the manager both at Juventus and in the national side, it was seen as the perfect transfer.
However, the attacker will join his fifth Italian side, having represented Pavia and Cesena earlier in his career.
Giaccherini passed his medical on Friday, and joined up with his new team at the Dimaro training camp on Saturday for pre-season training.