Sunderland hires top Italian recruiters

Sunderland AFC has appointed a new Director of Football and Chief Scout as it restructures its recruitment team.

Roberto De Fanti joins the club in the newly-created Director of Football role. And Chief Scout Valentino Angeloni is being welcomed to the Black Cats from Italian giants Inter Milan.

Work on the summer recruitment process has already commenced, with players Valentin Roberge, Adilson Tavares Varela (Cabral) and Modibo Diakité set to join the club in July. Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne, said:

“Roberto and Valentino bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and football contacts from across Europe and indeed the world and we are delighted to welcome them to Sunderland.

“The recruitment of players is of course key for any football club and Roberto and Valentino will work closely with the Head Coach and the Board to identify targets as we look to strengthen our squad for next season and beyond.

“I would also like to extend our thanks to the President of Inter Milan, Massimo Moratti, who graciously agreed to allow Valentino to make the move to Sunderland.”

– Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne