Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini scores their first goal
Giaccherini joined the Black Cats from Juventus in 2013, yet after struggling for games during his second season on Wearside he returned to his native Italy via a loan spell with Bologna.
His return to form in Serie A saw him selected in Conte’s squad for the European Championships, and thus far he has impressed as the Azzurri top their group following two victories.
Emanuele Giaccherini of Sunderland
In spite of his decent form in France, Giaccherini’s future at Sunderland has been heavily speculated this summer and his agent hints at an exit with Chelsea identified as a potential dream move.
“Giaccherini is a player who played 80% of the games for a Juventus that had Pogba, Pirlo, Vidal and Marchisio in the midfield. Conte likes him a lot and Chelsea would be a dream,” Valcareggi was quoted as saying by the Sunderland Echo.
“It’s still too early to talk about his future. After the Euros, whoever wants to buy him will not have to pay a high price to Sunderland.”
Italy head coach Antonio Conte
The 31-year-old struggled to adapt to the Premier League during his first two seasons as a Sunderland player, yet there is no doubt he boasts plenty of quality both on and off the ball.
Sam Allardyce may feel he can get the best out of the Italian, though the former Bolton Wanderers boss hasn’t made it clear one way or another how he feels about working with the player.
Antonio Conte is to become Chelsea’s new manager after the European Championships in France, and it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if he opts to bring in the Sunderland man on the cheap.