Sunderland are interested in signing Giulio Donati from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window, according to Tutto Mercato Web.
The right-back joined the German club in the summer of 2013, but he has struggled to play regularly and could be on his way out in the coming weeks.
The former Inter Milan prospect featured in 24 Bundesliga games in the 2013-14 season and played just eight times in the league in the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign.
Sunderland are looking for defensively reinforcements this summer in order to have a better campaign in the Premier League next season.
The Black Cats narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship, and they will be keen on faring better in the 2015-16 campaign.