Sunderland player Emanuele Giaccherini is returning to the club following his loan spell at Serie A club Bologna, but is expected to make a permanent move to Italy this summer.

According to a latest report from Gazzetta dello Sport, Giaccherini’s representatives, yesterday met officials from Torino to discuss a possible move.

Gazzetta believe Sunderland are prepared to let the Italian international leave for around €4m, but Torino face competition from Fiorentina.

The Sunderland star was in impressive form last season, and had a good campaign at the Euros in France.

The 31-year-old has just one year left on his contract at Sunderland, and doesn’t seem to be interested in playing for them any longer.

The Premier League side have decided to cash in on the player, rather than forcing him to see out his contract at the Stadium of Light.

Interest in Giaccherini is widespread in Italy, with more than a handful of clubs seeming genuinely interested. It may therefore be a surprise that a slightly higher fee can’t be raised.