Southampton sign Gabon international Mario Lemina
Southampton have signed Juventus midfielder and Gabon international Mario Lemina on a five-year record deal worth up to £18m.
The 23-year-old has played in Italy for two years, making 42 appearances for Juventus and winning the Serie A title and Coppa Italia twice. Furthermore, he played against Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, which the Italian side lost 4-1.
Southampton paid an initial £15.4m, with the rest of the payment depending on Lemina’s sucess at the club. News of the signing has been welcomed by the club’s vice-chairman Les Reed, who said that the signing was a “significant statement of intent from the club.”
The Saints weren’t the only side interested in Lemina as he was linked to Stoke City, Watford and Leicester City, but he has opted to move to St Mary’s stadium.
“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,” Lemina said.
The Gabonese player has represented France’s U-20 and U-21 national teams and has won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with them. However, in September 2015 he decided to represent Gabon and was part of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad, which was hosted in Gabon. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury during the group-stages of the competition.
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