River defender Mammana set for Fiorentina move

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Promising young defender Emanuel Mammana looks poised to join Serie A side Fiorentina after River Plate accepted a bid of €9 million for the 19-year-old. The Argentina under-20 international is reportedly travelling to Italy to complete the move as Marcelo Gallardo already eyes a replacement in Germán Conti.

Without even kicking a ball for the River Plate first team much was written about young defender Emanuel Mammana after he followed in the esteemed footsteps of another River graduate, Javier Mascherano and made his international bow before his senior club debut. Tipped for greatness from an early age after impressing through the Argentina youth ranks and with River, a switch to Europe always appeared likely but River would no doubt have preferred to hold onto the youngster a little longer.

After just 24 first team appearances a transfer to Fiorentina now looks likely after La Viola came back to River with an offer that could not be refused. Earlier advances were rejected but a fee of €9 million, in the region of River’s valuation and a vast sum in the relatively impoverished world of Argentine football, has advanced the move.

Mammana will not be available for this weekend’s superclásico as Olé report the defender will be immediately travelling to Florence.

River meanwhile would be left a little short defensively ahead of the 2016 season and so efforts to sign Colón’s Germán Conti looks set to intensify. The lanky 21-year-old has already been subject of a $2.4 million bid from River and it remains to be seen if a deal can be struck with El Sabalero.

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