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Sunderland Make £8.6m Bid for Italian International Midfielder as Paolo Di Canio Sets Bar High for Summer Additions

Stadium of Light side plot ambitious Turin raid.

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Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio has made an improved bid for Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, increasing his initial £7m bid up to £8.6m in the hope that the Turin side consider selling the adaptable 28 year old.

Giaccherini enjoyed something of a circuitous route to the top of his profession spending seven years at minnows Cesena, via a number of loan routes, before moving to Juventus in August 2011. In his first season he helped Antonio Conte’s side to a Serie A title, making 23 domestic league starts.

His second season saw the attacking midfielder, who is used commonly in a wide role, play a limited role in first team affairs, starting less than half of La Vecchia Signora’s Serie A matches. This hasn’t however prevented the pint sized performer from securing a regular berth in the Italian national team set-up and Giaccherini started three of Italy’s five matches at the recent Confederations Cup finals in Brazil.

A move to the Stadium of Light could tempt Giaccherini and the chance to secure regular first team football would in turn only improve his chances of retaining a spot in Cesare Prandelli’s national team set-up.

Di Canio has already worked wonders in the summer transfer window signing a host of talents including Modibo Diakité Valentin Roberge, Cabral, David Moberg Karlsson, El-Hadji Ba and Vito Mannone with United States striker Jozy Altidore expected to seal a move to the North-East in the coming days.

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