Argentina full-back Emmanuel Mas close to Trabzonspor switch


Sunday’s trip to Lanús looks likely to be Emmanuel Mas’ last in a San Lorenzo shirt amid growing reports that Turkish club Trabzonspor are close to an agreement for the 27-year-old defender.

According to Olé, San Lorenzo representative Bernardo Romeo has been in Turkey negotiating the deal for the past three days and although no transfer fees have been disclosed it is understood that 75% of El Ciclón’s ownership is for sale. Although it is yet to be finalised, reports suggest it is advanced and Sunday’s match is expected to be Mas’ farewell.

Mas has been a great success at the Nuevo Gasómetro since his move from San Martín in 2013 and aside from helping the club to the Torneo Inicial and their first ever Copa Libertadores title, the 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best left backs in the Primera División.

These performances have also elevated Mas to the national team with Gerardo Martino handing him his debut last year and the defender now, under Edgardo Bauza, rivalling Marcos Rojo for a starting role in the back four.

Solid defensively and always a willing and able option offensively down the left, Mas is the type of full-blooded, no nonsense player that Argentine football supporters love. Strong in the tackle and in the air, Mas has been a hugely popular figure at San Lorenzo and will be missed should the move to Europe be completed.

There are no immediate signs that Diego Aguirre will look to replace Mas with the club confident that youngsters Lautaro Montoya and Gabriel Rojas are ready to step up to regular first team football.


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