Sunderland have completed the signing of Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini say football's governing body.
The midfielder reportedly pens a 4-year contract with Sunderland and will link up with the club, who are currently in Italy in a training camp, very soon.
Antonio Conte, manager of Turin giants confirmed;
I'm not happy about Giaccherini's departure but with this €9m we can take Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
The fee of €9m becomes Paolo Di Canio's highest transfer fee after recently splashing out a fee near that for USA striker Jozy Altidore.
Giaccherini, who scored against Brazil during the recent Confederations Cup, has been a useful player for Juve despite limited action, filling in in a number of positions although it's largely expected that he will take up a left-wing spot for Sunderland with Adam Johnson taking up the right-wing, fitting with Di Canio's preferred set-up of wingmen who cut inside onto their stronger foot.
With the impending arrival of Charalampos Mavrias too, set to be completed early next week, the writing is almost certainly on the wall for James McClean although no clubs have been particularly strongly linked with the Irishman.
We await final 110% confirmation from Sunderland themselves, however this deal is just some dry ink away from being over the line and we can prepare to welcome Giaccherini as a Sunderland player.