Armand Laurienté leaves Lorient and flies to Sassuolo in Italy


Armand Laurienté, who delighted Lorient supporters with his acceleration and direct free kicks, has signed up for Sassuolo (1st Italian div.), the two clubs announced on Wednesday.

According to several media, the amount of the transfer of the 23-year-old winger exceeds 10 million euros excluding bonuses (a rare amount for Lorient) and the duration of the contract is five years.

Trained and launched in Rennes, Laurienté had been loaned in the summer of 2019 to Lorient, then in Ligue 2, then transferred definitively a year later to Les Merlus, who had returned to the elite.

In three seasons, he scored 13 goals and delivered as many assists. His last achievement in the Lorient jersey will remain a sumptuous direct free kick against Toulouse during the 3rd day of L1.

“Armand has an incredible ball strike”, greeted last year Matthieu Dreyer, then goalkeeper in Lorient. “The ball moves all the time, it never has the same trajectory. It’s remote-controlled, it’s mind-blowing.

With two selections for the France U23 team in the spring of 2021, Laurienté will find Janis Antiste in Sassuolo, another Bleuet selected by Antoine Ripoll last fall.

The 20-year-old striker, who started as a pro in Toulouse, his training club, left for La Spezia in Italy last year. Sassuolo announced his arrival on Wednesday in the form of a loan with an obligation to buy.

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