Emanuele Giaccherini's agent, Furio Valcareggi, has admitted to the Chronicle that the Italian international would be interested in a move away from Sunderland.
Giaccherini’s time at Sunderland appears to be coming to an end, with the 30-year-old currently on loan at Bologna.
The skilful winger has fallen out of favour at the Stadium of Light, and he enters the final year of his contract next season.
Reports have emerged suggesting that Giaccherini could be in line to seal a move to Lazio in the summer, and Valcareggi says his client would be interested in speaking to the Italian giants.
“I think that means his price-tag will be more accessible, even if you have to treat Sunderland with kid gloves," the agent said.
“They certainly don’t have economic problems and don’t give gifts.
“They will not accept the approach of someone who suggests letting his contract expire would be a blot on the balance sheet.
“I don’t know anything about interest from Lazio.
“It is an important club, among the top six or seven in Italy.
“Who wouldn’t want to play for Lazio? It really is a flattering link and he’d love it there.”
There was great excitement about Giaccherini’s arrival at Sunderland back in 2013, but he has struggled to live up to expectations.
The diminutive midfielder showed flashes of quality, but his progress has been impeded by a series of injuries.
Giaccherini has ultimately only made 18 Premier League starts for Sunderland, but his form back in his homeland this season has been much improved.
Giaccherini has made 21 appearances for Bologna this campaign, scoring on six occasions.