The agent of Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has told Italian sources that his player will return to England this summer, despite numerous rumours linking him with a move away from Sunderland.
It is unlikely the 30-year-old will remain on Wearside for very long however, as numerous clubs are battling for his permanent signature.
Giaccherini has a contract with the North East side until 2017 but has failed to find his feet when performing in England and has subsequently spent time out on loan.
The likelihood is that Giacherrini will be sent out on loan again or sold permanently to provide Sam Allardyce with funds for the upcoming season.
The former Juventus star has rediscovered his form since returning to his homeland.
The comments made by agent Furio Valcareggi this week look to all but conclude the fact that Giacherrini has no future in Sunderland.
He told Lalaziosiamonoi.it that his client would 'love' a move to Lazio, calling it a 'flattering link' but he admitted he had heard nothing about the club being interested in the player.
However, Bologna have admitted their desire to sign the player on a permanent deal.
Despite the upturn in Giaccherini's form this season, his time on Sunderland will probably be in doubt because of the players currently occupying positions in Sunderland's midfield.
Jeremain Lens and Duncan Watmore have performed in attacking roles this season and Wahbi Khazri has been mightily impressive since joining in January. The fact that Allardyce tends to play one upfront also spells trouble for the Italian's long term future because Fabio Borini and Dame N'Doye are usually played down the wing.
The midfielder has made 43 appearances for Sunderland and scored five goals. He has scored six in 21 games this term, proving he is performing a lot better now he is back home. He has also fully recovered from previous injuries that hampered his time in England.