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Southampton with a record signing


The Saints have signed Mario Lemina from Juventus for €17m

Southampton have completed the signing of Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina after coming ahead of competition from Stoke City and West Ham. The 23-year-old has agreed a five-year-deal at St Mary’s Stadium, following a successful spell in Turin, where he won Serie A twice with the Bianconeri.

Speaking to Southampton’s website he said:

“I am really happy to have signed for Southampton. I think that it was the project that attracted me the most and the one my family was really behind.”

Southampton’s vice chairman Les Reed was also delighted to see Mario agree a deal with the Saints.

“Mario is an outstanding talent who has already achieved a great deal in his career, winning a number of titles and gaining experience of playing on some of the biggest stages in world football,” Reed said.

“Investing in a player of Mario’s quality and buying from a club like Juventus is a significant statement of intent from the club, and this is a purchase that has set another club-record fee.

“Mario still has his best years ahead of him, and we believe that he will not only be an excellent acquisition for us in the immediate future, but that he will also be able to realise even more of his potential here in the years to come.

“In a volatile market with some extraordinary and inexplicable transfers taking place, we are determined to go about our work in a diligent and correct way. This is a player who has won trophies and played in the Champions League final less than three months ago and he has signed for Saints amid a host of suitors.

“Mario will complement what is already an extremely strong group of midfield players in our squad, and we are excited about what he will bring to the group.”