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Saints smash their record fee to bring in Lemina from Juventus

 

Southampton have signed midfielder Mario Lemina from Juventus for a club-record fee. The 23-year-old Gabon international has penned a five-year contract with the Saints.

Juventus confirmed the deal was worth €17m (£15.6m), which could increase by a further €3m (£2.77m).

Lemina said: "I am really happy to have signed for Southampton. It was the project that attracted me the most and the one my family was really behind."

Lemina started his career in France with Lorient before joining Marseille in 2013.

The midfielder signed initially on loan with Juventus in 2015 and after completing a permanent transfer last summer, went on to help the Bianconeri win the Serie A title as well as reach the Champions League final.

Southampton vice-chairman Les Reed said: "Investing in a player of Mario's quality and buying from a club like Juventus is a significant statement of intent."

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