sport news Roy Keane 'almost brought a young Giorgio Chiellini to Sunderland... but deal ...

sport news Roy Keane 'almost brought a young Giorgio Chiellini to Sunderland... but deal ...
sport news Roy Keane 'almost brought a young Giorgio Chiellini to Sunderland... but deal ...
REVEALED: Roy Keane 'almost brought a young Giorgio Chiellini to Sunderland... but the £8m deal for the talismanic Italian defender fell through over just £200,000'

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Italy colossus Giorgio Chiellini was on the brink of joining Sunderland for a bargain £8million shortly after beginning his hugely successful 16-year spell at Juventus – only for the deal to fall through over £200,000.

Mick Brown, the Black Cats' chief scout at the time, was staggered to be offered the powerhouse defender shortly after manager Roy Keane had secured promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge at the club in 2006/07.

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'It was a day, like many others, when I took a call from an agent who said, "would you be interested in Chiellini?", a rueful Brown told the Mirror.

Giorgio Chiellini almost joined Sunderland

Boss Roy Keane had a deal for the Euro 2020 finalist agreed in 2007, according to his former chief scout

Roy Keane (right) is said to have agreed a deal to snap up Giorgio Chiellini while at Sunderland

The commanding centre-back stayed at Juventus and has won a sackful of trophies at the club

The commanding centre-back stayed at Juventus and has won a sackful of trophies at the club

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