SUNDERLAND hope to complete their latest transfer window signing next week.
Midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini’s switch to the Stadium of Light looks to be a mere formality after Juventus boss Antonio Conte confirmed that the Italy international is Sunderland-bound.
The club are thought to have agreed a fee of more than £7m for Giaccherini, who is expected to travel to Wearside to pen a contract with the Black Cats and undergo a medical.
That process is not likely to be completed until after the weekend, yet Conte made no secret of Giaccherini’s imminent move at Juventus’ training ground yesterday.
Conte insists he has no desire to sell the hard-working Giaccherini this summer, but has been forced to offload the attacking midfielder to balance the books.
Juventus have already spent £7.5m, plus substantial wages, on Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, landed Bosman signing Fernando Llorente and are in the process of finalising a £13m move for Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna.
Giaccherini is the player to be sacrificed by Juventus, with the player who has worked his way up through the Italian lower leagues, expected to pen a four-year contract with Sunderland.
Conte said: “Any departure is painful, but it is a necessary sacrifice. Each departure causes me pain. To me, every player is non-transferable, but I understand the needs of the club.
“If you ask me if I’m happy, the answer is no. I’m not happy, but with 9m Euros, we can take Tevez and Llorente.”
Neither is Argentine right-back Gino Peruzzi’s move to Sunderland likely to be completed until next week.
We reported yesterday how Peruzzi’s protracted switch had taken a significant step to being finalised after his club Velez Sarsfield confirmed a move with Sunderland had been agreed and the 21-year-old was heading to England to put pen to paper.
Peruzzi has given the go-ahead to an improved offer from the Black Cats, and is due to travel to Wearside for a medical.
But Sarsfield issued a statement yesterday revealing Peruzzi will not fly to England until Sunday.
Meanwile, the future of Peruzzi’s fellow Argentine full-back, Lucas Orban, remains unresolved with the Atletico Tigre defender yet to make a decision between suitors Sunderland, Villarreal and River Plate.