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Southampton seal record €18 million deal for Juventus midfielder

After two seasons in Turin, Mario Lemina is gearing up for a new challenge in the Premier League

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SOUTHAMPTON HAVE COMPLETED the signing of Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina for an estimated €18 million, the Premier League club confirmed today.

The Gabon midfielder spent two years in Turin, after beginning his career in France with Lorient and Marseille.

Juve took up a €9.5m option on Lemina at the end of his first season, as he settled into a rotation role with the Serie A champions. And less than a year on the Bianconeri have almost doubled their investment as the player was confirmed as a new Saint.

Southampton vice chairman Les Reed said in a statement: “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.

“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.”

Lemina, 23, 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. I am really happy to be here.”

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