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Lazio snap up Acerbi from Sassuolo

12:15 AM GMT+4 13/07/2018
Francesco Acerbi - cropped
The former Italy international has been tasked with filling the void left by Stefan de Vrij's departure from the Stadio Olimpico

Lazio have signed defender Francesco Acerbi on a five-year contract from Serie A rivals Sassuolo.

The Biancocelesti announced the completion of the deal on Wednesday, with the centre-back joining for an undisclosed fee.

Acerbi, who spent five seasons with Sassuolo, arrives as a replacement for Stefan de Vrij after the Dutch defender joined Inter on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old has won two caps for Italy and previously had a single-season spell with AC Milan.

Simone Inzaghi guided Lazio to fifth last term, securing a berth in the Europa League group stage.

The Roman side were also a matter of minutes away from taking a spot in the Champions League in a final day showdown with Inter. 

After leading 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico, however, goals from Matias Vecino and Mauro Icardi saw Lazio beaten 3-2 in a late comeback, forcing them to settle for fifth and the Europa League.