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.
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.