Sunderland have launched a new £8million bid for Italy winger Emanuele Giaccherini as they continue another frantic week of revamping Paolo Di Canio’s squad.
Sources in Italy have suggested that Juventus are ready to accept the new and improved offer for the 28-year-old midfielder, who was part of the Italy squad that competed in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
And that would move Di Canio and Sunderland’s new recruitment team one step closer to pulling off their biggest coup of the summer.
Negotiations have begun between the Black Cats and Juventus but there is an understanding from both parties that persuading Giaccherini to come to Sunderland will be their biggest challenge.
Over the weekend the player’s agent dampened speculation surrounding a move to Sunderland.
And he will need to be sold on the project that Di Canio is putting together on Wearside. If he needed proof of Sunderland’s determination to put together a new squad, however, he could observe another busy 24 hours at the Stadium of Light which has seen Jozy Altidore agree a long-term contract with the Black Cats and defender
Gino Peruzzi open the door for a move to the Premier League.
The Velez Sarsfield defender admitted yesterday that he had been unsure about the initial contract offer but said there is still hope of him joining Sunderland.
The 21-year-old’s agents will negotiate over the next 24 hours and the Black Cats remain “hopeful”.
“I wasn’t convinced about the financial proposal of Sunderland but my agent never asked for a commission for the transfer,” Peruzzi said.
“I cannot just think about the economic proposals, I also have to think about football. I need to go to a club where I will be playing because of the upcoming World Cup.
“My intention is to continue negotiating my contract with Sunderland, if they improve their offer I will not rule it out.”
As Sunderland press on with their recruitment, there was a surprise development with one of the players Di Canio is keen to hold on to – Jack Colback.
It emerged that he has turned down a new contract offer from the club and is now subject to interest from Premier League newcomers Hull City and Fulham, who are also tracking midfielder Lee Cattermole.
But while Sunderland have been surprised by the way the Colback news has emerged, they are prepared to try and broker an agreement with the midfielder on his future – and may insist that he sees out the remainder of his deal.
The Tyneside-born midfielder was hailed as a “bulldog” by Di Canio last season and impressed the manager with his versatility and dedication to the cause, and this move may be an attempt to try and broker a better deal than the one on the table for the Sunderland Academy graduate.
He has just become a father, however, and the lure of a new challenge in London may be appealing to a player who is keen to shed his image as a versatile ‘jack of all trades’ and get a run of games in his preferred central midfield role.
He will face competition on Wearside on that front, with Sunderland having signed Cabral from FC Basel to play in the engine room.
He said: “I wanted to choose a club where the coach was ambitious.”