Bologna agree deal to keep Sunderland winger in Italy

Emanuele Giaccherini looks as though he will remain at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, thus bringing an end to his Black Cats adventure

Emanuele Giaccherini

Having impressed coach Roberto Donadoni sufficiently, Bologna have reached an agreement with Sunderland to turn Emanuele Giaccherini’s loan move into a permanent stay.

The 30-year-old moved to the Black Cats in the summer of 2013 from Juventus, but failed to make an impact in the English Premier League. Under a succession of managers, he only managed five goals in 43 appearances for the club.

Bologna chose to take him on loan for the season, and after a slow start, he has been in good form as the Felsinei have climbed up the ladder in recent months under Donadoni.

Soccer: Serie A; Milan-Bologna

In Giaccherini’s loan move there was no fixed buy-out clause to make the move permanent, but the two clubs have come to a compromise given the player’s desire to stay and Sunderland’s willingness to allow him to leave.

The Italian recently confirmed to Il Messaggero that his plans were to stay at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara and is also targeting a spot in Antonio Conte’s Euro 2016 squad.

“I want to win Euro 2016 and stay here at Bologna,” he stated.

The Azzurri hopeful has netted three goals in 10 starts for Bologna this season.

Adapted from an article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Luca Pessina and Nicolò Schira

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