Report: AC Milan join race to sign Sunderland's forgotten Italian star Emanuele Giaccherini

Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates after scoring their first goal

The Sunderland midfielder starred for Italy in their Euro 2016 opener against Belgium.

Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini

Traditional Italian giants AC Milan have become the latest club to express an interest in bringing Sunderland misfit Emanuele Giaccherini back to Italy, according to a report form the Sunderland Echo.

Giaccherini has not proved to be much of a success in England since his move from Juventus three years ago, and has not featured for the club since the final day of the 2014-15 season.

However, despite his struggles on Wearside he impressed enough during a loan spell at Bologna last term to be named in Antonio Conte's Italy squad for Euro 2016, and he was one of the stars of the show on Monday night in his country's opener against Belgium, putting in a fine performance and scoring a superbly-taken goal to break the deadlock.

Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates after scoring their first goal

That display saw Sunderland fans on Twitter clamouring for their side to reintegrate the diminutive midfielder into their side next season, but it seems odds-on that Giaccherini will be returning to Italy this summer.

Bologna are thought to be keen to keep the 31-year-old on a permanent basis, while other Italian clubs such as Fiorentina have been linked with the star.

According to the Sunderland Echo, AC Milan are the latest club to join the hunt for the former Juve man's signature, with the Black Cats prepared to allow him to move on for just £2 million.

Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates after scoring their first goal

That low fee is due in no small part to the fact that Giaccherini has just a single year left on his deal, and though his £40,000-per-week wages are proving a hurdle for some clubs, Milan would be unlikely to face too much trouble in paying that salary.

Giaccherini is undoubtedly a talented player, but having failed to settle at the Stadium of Light under four different managers, it may be time for Sunderland to cut their losses.

Emanuele Giaccherini of Sunderland

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