Sunderland transfers: Emanuele Giaccherini joins Black Cats

Sunderland transfers: Emanuele Giaccherini signs a four-year deal with the Black Cats after leaving Serie A champions Juventus

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Sunderland have signed Emanuele Giaccherini from Serie A champions Juventus for a reported £8.5m fee.

The 28-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the Black Cats as his compatriot Paolo Di Canio looks to improve Sunderland’s squad ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Italy international, who helped his national side reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals by scoring twice, moved to Juventus in 2011.

Giaccherini scored three goals and made three assists in 17 appearances for La Vecchia Donna as Antonio Conte’s men retained the Serie A title.

The midfielder began his career at Cesena in 2004, enjoying three loan spells at Forli, Bellaria and Pavia before moving to Juventus.

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