Inter consider January move for Sunderland star Giaccherini
New Nerazzurri owner Erick Thohir is looking to bolster the club’s ranks in January and coach Walter Mazzarri has identified the former Juventus man as a priority target
By Luca Momblano
Inter are considering a January move for Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini following Erick Thohir’s takeover of the Serie A club.
Indonesian businessman Thohir purchased 70 per cent of the Serie A club’s shares earlier this week and is keen to make a statement in the January transfer window.
Inter boss Walter Mazzarri, who left Napoli to replace Andrea Stramaccioni in May, has prioritised a wideman and sees Giaccherini as the perfect addition.
Mazzarri believes the Italy international’s pace and technical ability will offer the Nerazzurri a new dimension from wing-back at San Siro.
The 28-year-old is seen as a realistic transfer target given Sunderland’s struggles at the start of the Premier League season, coupled with the recent sacking of fellow Italian Paolo Di Canio.
Wages, however, could provide a stumbling block to any potential transfer, with Inter willing to offer €2.5 million net per year – roughly €47,000 per week.
Giaccherini has been one of the few plus points in what has been a difficult 2013-14 campaign so far for the Wearside club, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League table.
But he has started just two of Italy’s five matches since the Confederations Cup as national coach Cesare Prandelli experiments ahead of the World Cup.
Inter have been linked with a host of names in the Italian press since Thohir completed his takeover, among those Barcelona defender Martin Montoya, Juventus talisman Andrea Pirlo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti.