Sassuolo are closing in on a deal to sign Zenit St Petersburg and Argentina defender Emanuel Mammana.

Matteo Pedrosi and Gianluca Di Marzio both report Sassuolo are on the verge of agreeing a season-long loan for Mammana, which includes a €10-11m option to buy next summer.

The Neroverdi have turned to the 23-year-old after missing out on Omer Toprak and distancing themselves from Lorenzo Tonelli.

The Argentine was regarded as a promising talent at River Plate and regularly played for his country at youth level.

However, he is need of a kickstart after injuries ruined his subsequent spells at Olympique Lyonnais and Zenit. 

The stopper has three caps for Argentina and would not take up a non-EU spot thanks to his possession of an Italian passport.

He was previously linked with the likes of Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina, as well as Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur.

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