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SOUTHAMPTON BREAKS CLUB TRANSFER RECORD TO SIGN MARIO LEMINA FROM JUVENTUS

Mario Lemina

Southampton has broken their club transfer record fee to sign Mario Lemina from Juventus.

The Saints have agreed to sign the Gabonese international in a deal worth up to £18.1m (20m euros) on a five-year deal beating the previous club record fee of £16m used to acquire Moroccan Sofiane Boufal from Lille.

Southampton will pay an initial £15.4m with the rest in add-ons.

Mario Lemina playing for Juventus

Lemina, 23, joined Juventus initially on loan from Olympique Marseille before signing him permanently in 2016 for a fee of £7.5m.

The capture of Mario Lemina means he becomes the second player alongside Polish Jan Bednarek who was signed for £5m to join Mauricio Pellegrino’s side this summer.

Right after capturing Lemina, Southampton’s vice-chairman Les Reed said; “Lemina signing is a significant statement of intent from the club”.

He added; “He is an outstanding talent”. “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”, he continued.

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