Newly-promoted Sassuolo are said to be preparing a swoop for Paraguay international Lucas Barrios.
The 28-year-old centre-forward is currently playing in China for Guangzhou Evergrande, but could be available on a free transfer.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Serie A newcomers Sassuolo have set their sights on Barrios as a useful addition to their squad.
He has played for numerous clubs over his career including Colo Colo and Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga.
Sassuolo are also due to sign goalkeeper Antonio Rosati from Napoli on loan with an option to buy.