Emanuele Giaccherini completes Napoli move, leaving Sunderland

The Sunderland player's move back to Serie A is done.

Emanuele Giaccherini completes Napoli move, leaving Sunderland
Giaccherini made his move final | photo: skysports

Sunderland and Italy winger Emanuele Giaccherini has penned a three-year-deal to join Napoli for an undisclosed fee.

The winger joined the Black Cats in 2013 from Juventus for £6.5 million but after a very impressive first season at the club he then failed to make an impact in the Premier League and struggled to find his place back in the squad.

He made 43 appearances for the club, scoring five goals but he spent last season on loan at his hometown club Bologna.

Impressive play

He has also made 29 international caps and scored the opening goal of Euro 2016 in a 2-0 victory against pre-tournament favorites Belgium. He then subsequently featured in every game thereafter and reached the quarter-finals before the pressure of penalties against Germany saw the players bottle it against the mighty Germans.

The midfielder had undergone a medical Friday and the formalities of the move were completed the day after, with the deal now completely done.

Giaccherini impressed for Italy in this summer’s competition and that has earned him his spot on Napoli's first string, the club who finished runners-up in Serie A last season just behind the player’s former club Juventus where he won two league titles.

Following his medical yesterday he told the Italian media that he is very “happy” to become a Napoli player, and to be wearing the jersey is “wonderful” and it has “always dreamed” to play for the club.

Speaking of the move to Napoli’s official website, he said he “can’t wait” to represent and “important and prestigious club”.

Many other clubs were in the race to gain the signature of the player this summer, but the idea of playing Champions League Football at Napoli helped him make the easy decision to sign for the club.