Report offers update on Emanuele Giaccherini's Sunderland future

Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini

The 31-year-old midfielder is expected to leave Sunderland this summer.

Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini

According to the Northern Echo, Italian side Lazio have joined their Serie A rivals in the hunt to sign Sunderland attacker Emanuele Giaccherini.

The 31-year-old will return to the Black Cats for pre season after spending the 2015-16 campaign on loan with Bologna, impressing after scoring seven times in 27 Serie A starts.

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The Italy international joined the Italian side while Dick Advocaat was Sunderland boss and it remains to be seen whether current manager Sam Allardyce - who replaced the Dutchman early in the 2015-16 season - rates him.

The Echo claims that Giaccherini's stock is "extremely high" in Italy, with Torino and Fiorentina reportedly interested, but the report goes on to claim that Rome-based outfit Lazio have joined the race for his signature.

Sunderland fans

It may be in Sunderland's interest to hold off on a sale until after Euro 2016. If Giaccherini impresses, they stand a much better shot over at least recouping the £6 million that then-Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio paid for him back in 2013.

The opposite is also true. A dismal showing may see his value decrease. Is it worth the risk from a Sunderland perspective?

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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