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Tuesday 16 July 2013

Sunderland sign Italy midfielder Giaccherini

The 28-year-old Italy international set to make debut at Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong

  • Giaccherini scores against Brazil at the FIFA Confederations Cup

  • He has signed a four-year deal and will go to Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy

  • The 28-year-old celebrates the goal against Brazil last month

Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini from Serie A champions Juventus.

The Italy international, who has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light, joins Paolo Di Canio's charges on the back of a successful stint at the Turin-based club.

Giaccherini, a versatile and attack-minded midfielder who can play through the middle or out wide, won back-to-back Serie A titles during his two-year spell at Juventus and has been capped 14 times for his country.

He featured twice at UEFA Euro 2012 as the Azzurri finished runners-up to Spain and also helped Cesare Prandelli's side reach the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final in Brazil this summer, playing in all of their matches.

The diminutive 28-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last three years after beginning his career with Cesena and spending loan spells in Italy's lower leagues with Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia.

He moved to Juventus in August 2011 and made 40 league appearances for the Bianconeri, scoring four goals, before opting to move to Wearside.

Di Canio's eighth summer signing, who has joined up with the Black Cats at their training camp at Peschiera del Garda, is set to make his Sunderland debut at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong later this month.

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Key Points

  • Sunderland sign Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini from Juventus
  • The 28-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract
  • Italy international set to make his debut at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong this month