Emanuele Giaccherini's Sunderland exit this summer is likely inevitable, but that does not mean it will be straightforward.
The winger barely featured last season at the Black Cats due to injury, and was sent out on loan to Bologna this campaign.
He has scored seven goals for the Serie A side this season, and according to Tuttomercatoweb Bologna want to keep him.
However Sunderland will not let him go on the cheap, the report states, and Bologna may have to sell to raise the funds required for the 30-year-old.
Their prize asset is promising youngster Amadou Diawara, who is being pursued by Juventus among others.
Tuttomercatoweb go as far as to claim that as it stands, Bologna's chances of signing Giaccherini permanently from Sunderland are dependent on selling Diawara, who is rated at 20 million Euros [£15.5m].
This will be more than enough and then some to cover the Giaccherini fee, but evidently as it stands, Bologna are not best placed financially to meet the fee Sunderland are expecting, nor are the Black Cats going to give any charity, having already sent the Italian out on loan for the year, and knowing there is interest from rival Italian clubs.