Italian star could leave Sunderland to boost World Cup chances

Sunderland's Italian midfield general has been linked with a January move to Serie A side Inter Milan.

There was very little by the way of transfer highlights for Sunderland, when under the lead of madcap Italian manager Paolo Di Canio, but one of the few glimmers of prosperity came courtesy of Emmanuele Giaccherini.

The Italian international, then of Juventus, transferred to Sunderland for a fee in the region of £6m. Giaccherini, 28, joined Sunderland in July 2013.

However, following a dismal start to their Premier League campaign, the Black Cats are now concerned that they could lose the Italian winger in the aftermath of the appointment of former Brighton boss Gus Poyet.

With concerns over both Sunderland's league position and its bearing on his international opportunities ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it is believed that Giaccherini could be preparing for a swift return to Serie A to boost his chances of making Cesare Prandelli's final World Cup squad.

It appears that Inter Milan could be set to offer him a 'get out of jail' card, with a proposed loan move after the Christmas period. Following the takeover led by DC United owner and Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, it is believed that Internazionale manager Walter Mazzarri may be about to receive further backing.

Emmanuele Giaccherini was left out of Sunderland's derby day win over rivals Newcastle United, with Gus Poyet not opting to even introduce the Italian from the bench during the win at the Stadium of Light last Sunday.

Speaking about the speculation, Poyet told reporters: "We will wait for them. We don’t make any moves, any comments, before it happens because there are too many rumours in football."

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