Wednesday November 12 2014
Giaccherini 'flattered' by Napoli

Emanuele Giaccherini is “flattered” by the possibility of joining Napoli, said the Sunderland man’s agent.

Rafa Benitez is searching for a new versatile attacking winger after Lorenzo Insigne was ruled out for five to six months by a knee ligament injury.

Italy international Giaccherini is potentially ideal, as the 29-year-old is already familiar with Serie A and played only 140 minutes of football in all competition with Sunderland this season.

“I know their director of sport Bigon and if he wants a player I represent, then he calls me, which he hasn’t done so far,” agent Furio Valcareggi told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“Giaccherini gets on well in Sunderland, but he’s flattered by the possibility of joining Napoli and a return to Serie A is also intriguing. Emanuele is similar to Insigne in terms of characteristics.

“If Bigon called, could a deal go through? I don’t know, but when you want to achieve something, you achieve it: there’s nothing holding him back.”

Napoli would ideally bring in Giaccherini on a six-month loan with option to buy, especially as Insigne’s injury lay-off period is six months.

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