ROME, ITALY - JULY 11: Francesco Acerbi of SS Lazio in action during the SS Lazio training session on July 11, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Lazio have officially confirmed the signing of Italy international and defender Francesco Acerbi from Sassuolo in a five-year contract.

Earlier today, the centre-back had his medical and was already training with his new teammates even though it’s believed the deal cost €10m plus another €2m in performance-related bonuses.

The 30-year-old will now effectively replaces Stefan de Vrij. Acerbi, who has won two caps for Italy, was believed to be on the radar of West Ham United and Fulham. He has also played for the likes of Pavia, Renate, Reggina, Chievo and AC Milan during his career.

 

Acerbi received a call-up to the pre-season camp of Serie B team Reggina on 13 July and the co-ownership deal completed on 16 July. On 31 January 2011, Pavia sold the remain 50 percent registration rights to Reggina for an undisclosed fee, whereupon the Calabrian side formed another co-ownership deal with Serie A team Genoa for €1 million.

Acerbi only missed two games in 2010–11 Serie B and played both legs of promotion playoffs, losing to eventual playoff winners Novara in the semi-final.

He played once during the 2010–11 Coppa Italia, a match he was ultimately sent off in. He was suspended in the next cup match and was not included in the third round.