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In profile: Emanuele Giaccherini

Having become Sunderland's ninth signing of the summer, Sports Mole takes a closer look at Emanuele Giaccherini.

The famous terrace chant 'who are ya?' is often sung by supporters to mock a member of the opposition's team.

However, for the first time ever next season at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland fans could be forgiven for bellowing it out at their own players. El-Hadji Ba? David Moberg Karlsson? How about Valentin Roberge? As good as they may turn out to be, with the greatest of respect they are not household names.

It is Paolo Di Canio's ninth addition, finalised earlier today, that has made people stand up and pay attention though.

While the majority of additions may be foreign (in more ways than one) to a lot of the Sunderland faithful, Emanuele Giaccherini is someone that many are already excited by.

It's a real coup for Di Canio and the Black Cats, who have landed the 28-year-old from Italian champions Juventus for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m.

Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates scoring against Catania for Juventus.© PA Photos

So, what exactly are the Wearsiders getting for their outlay then? Well, for a start Giaccherini is an Italian international that featured in all five of their matches at the recent Confederations Cup. He scored once and set up two goals for his teammates as the Azzurri reached the semi-finals.

The right-winger started his career with Cesena and played a major role as they gained promotion from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie A in two seasons. Overall, he found the net on 23 occasions for the Seahorses.

Having helped Cesena preserve their top-flight status during the 2010-2011 campaign (scoring eight times), he was signed by Juve for around £2m. The Tuscany-born attacker, with pace to burn and a liking for a trick, scored three goals in both of his seasons with the Old Lady, collecting two league titles and a Supercoppa Italiana along the way.

But why leave Juventus? It's World Cup year, which has been the reason behind a number of transfers this summer. While Giaccherini is highly regarded at the Juventus Stadium, he is by no means an automatic starter.

To ensure that his place in Cesare Prandelli's squad is secured, regular football was a must. Who would have thought that Sunderland would benefit from an Italian international looking to seal his place in Brazil?

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GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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ATHLETICS
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