Sunderland have confirmed that Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini has completed his move from Juventus.
The midfielder, who is understood to have cost around £8.5m, has signed a four-year contract with the Wearsiders.
The Black Cats agreed a fee with Juventus and settled personal terms with the player last week, and he travelled to Sunderland's training camp in northern Italy yesterday to undergo a medical and finalise the switch.
Giaccherini becomes Sunderland's ninth summer addition, and is the most expensive of those newcomers.
The 28-year-old was not included in the Sunderland party for next week's trip to Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy, but could now be added to the squad.
Giaccherini was in the Italian side that competed in last month's Conferations Cup in Brazil last month and has won 14 caps for his country, scoring two goals.
He also played in the Juventus side that won Serie A last season.
The 28-year-old is Sunderland’s ninth summer signing – and their most expensive new recruit so far – following the arrivals of Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Jozy Altidore, Vito Mannone, David Moberg Karlsson, El-Hadji Ba and Duncan Watmore. Giaccherini is the first of several transfers expected to be completed this week, with Argentinian right-back Gino Peruzzi and Greek winger Charas Mavrias due to arrive on Wearside this week.
Peruzzi, accompanied by two directors of his current club Velez Sarsfield, is understood to be travelling to England today to complete a £5m move to Wearside. Peruzzi’s move hit a snag over personal terms earlier this month but that issue has now been resolved and he will sign subject to passing a medical.
Sunderland also remain hopeful of winning the three-way race for the signature of another Argentine, left-back Lucas Orban.
Buenos Aires giants River Plate and Spanish side Villarreal are also keen on the Tigre star, but the Black Cats are hoping the opportunity to play in the Premier League in the run-up to next summer’s World Cup will convince the 24-year-old – who has four full caps to his name – to move to England.
While Orban is Sunderland’s first-choice left-back target, the question marks over his future destination have led the Black Cats to explore a variety of alternatives. And they are continuing to monitor developments in Belgium Under-21 international Luis Pedro Cavanda’s contract dispute with Lazio. Cavanda is in the final year of his contract at the Stadio Olimpico and has rejected the club’s offer of a new deal.
Lazio are keen to sell the 22-year-old now rather than allow him to leave for a relatively small amount of compensation when his current deal expires next summer.
Cavanda is primarily a right-back but can also operate on the left, which would afford Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio cover on both flanks. Sunderland were originally linked with Cavanda at the beginning of July, when his agent Ulisse Savani left the door open for a move to the Stadium of Light.
Savani said: “We’ll see. We are considering various possibilities.”
Sunderland have already missed out on the pursuit of France Under 19 left-back Benjamin Mendy this summer, with the former Le Havre youngster choosing a move to Marseille over a switch to England.
Sunderland also had an enquiry for Eintracht Frankfurt left-back Bastian Oczipka rebuffed over the weekend.