Labelled an interesting inclusion in the Italy line-up to face Belgium on Monday night in the 2016 Euros, Emmanuele Giaccherini justified his start by scoring his country’s first goal in a 2-0 win.
The 31-year-old, somehow still contracted to Sunderland in the Premier League, has made it clear he would like to remain in Serie A, where he spent last season on loan to Bologna.
While his loan club are interested in making the move permanent, the player has also attracted interest from bigger clubs in the league, including Fiorentina.
His agent spoke to Radio Blu in Italy on Tuesday, relayed by TuttoMercatoWeb, and Giulio Marinelli explained where things were regarding his client’s future.
He said: “He only has one year left on his Sunderland contract, so his price could be below two million euros (£1.6m). Pantaleo Corvino (Bologna’s director of football) is a fan of Giaccherini, which isn’t new, but there’s no news from this point of view.
“Emmanuele would be very happy to go to Fiorentina, but right now he’s only thinking about the European Championship and will not make a decision in the near future.”
So that’s the down low on what is going on with the Sunderland attacking midfielder, bought during the club’s small and rather poor Italian revolution back in 2012.
Black Cats fans might have to wait a little bit longer to wave him goodbye, although after his performance against Belgium, they might prefer him to stay instead.
That seems highly unlikely, though.