Italy and Sunderland attacking midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini would drop any potential move to Serie A to work under Antonio Conte at Chelsea next season, according to his agent.
Giaccherini has featured in three of Italy’s four games so-far in Euro 2016 and has won praise for his effort-full displays for the Azzurri on their way to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The 31-year-old spent the last season on loan at Serie A club Bologna, and is almost certain to leave Sunderland for good this summer with a number of clubs in Italy keen on landing him.
However, according to his agent, Furio Valcareggi, Giaccherini would halt any move to stay in Italy if Chelsea show an interest in him when Conte, the current Italy manager, takes over next month.
He told Lady Radio: “There is Torino, Bologna and there is also a team abroad.
“I’d like to see him at Fiorentina, undoubtedly, but we have other situations at stake now.
“This is probably the high point of Giaccherini’s career.
“If Conte calls, we’ll fly to Chelsea.”