According to Fabrice Hawkins, Lorient forward Armand Laurienté (23) is set to leave the Breton side and join Serie A’s Sassuolo in a €12m (bonuses included) deal – the player is to sign a 5 year contract with the Italian side. 

Foot Mercato reported last week that Serie A side Sassuolo were close to completing the signing of the Lorient winger.

The Italian side look set to beat league rivals Torino to the signature of the France U21 international. Sassuolo have been attempting to sign the forward since the beginning of the month, and there remains only a few small details to be sorted before he becomes a Sassuolo player. 

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Laurienté was a mainstay in a Lorient side that avoided relegation last season. He made 35 Ligue 1 appearances for the Breton club, scoring six times and registering two assists. He has already opened his campaign this season with a sumptuous freekick during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Toulouse. 

Whilst the fee for the player has not yet been revealed, Loïc Tanzi revealed back in July that Torino had submitted a €9m bid for the Frenchman, who came through the ranks at Rennes.