After scoring Italy’s first goal in their 2-0 win over Belgium in Euro 2016, Emanuele Giaccherini’s future has been thrust into doubt.
Currently under contract with Sunderland, the winger was loaned to Bologna in August 2015, where he scored seven goals in 25 appearances.
It is understood that Fiorentina have joined Bologna and Torino in the race for the 31-year-old, but all his focus remains on doing well for his country insists agent Giulio Marinelli.
“There is enormous satisfaction for the goal,” he told Radio Blu.
“We’re so happy for him, as he returned to Italy after a difficult season and reclaimed a place in the national team.
“The possibility of returning among the Azzurri was an important factor in his decision to move to Bologna. Emanuele is extremely fond of the Azzurri shirt.”
Giaccherini burst onto the scene with Cesena, where he played for seven years between 2004-2011. He moved to Juventus after that spell, in a co-ownership agreement with Cesena, before making the switch to the Stadium of Light in 2013.
“As for the market, there was activity around Giaccherini before the beginning of the Euros. He has only year of contract with Sunderland, so his price could be under €2m.”
“It’s not a novelty that [Pantaleo] Corvino [Fiorentina’s director of football] holds Giaccherini in great esteem, but there are no news.
“Emanuele would be happy to come to Fiorentina, but right now he’s only thinking about the Euros and he won’t be taking any decisions on the short term.”
It has also been reported my multiple sources that AC Milan are interested in acquiring Giaccherini, with long-standing club president Silvio Berlusconi allegedly a keen admirer of the player, though Marinelli insists there has not been contact.
“Absolutely not, they [AC Milan] have never wanted Giaccherini” he told Calciomercato.com