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The latest Saints star will be Torino centre-back Lyanco, who is joining the south coast side for a fee believed to be around £6 million.
The club has fended off interest from La Liga sides Celta Vigo and Real Betis, while fellow Premier League club Watford had already come close to agreeing a fee with Torino for the defender, as per Sky Sports.
Reputable journalist Gianluca Di Marzio in Italy first reported that the Saints have decided Torino’s Lyanco is their man to replace Vestergaard, and a deal has since been reached.
As per SportWitness, Torino were pushing for a higher fee but Lyanco took it upon himself to agitate for a Southampton move which pressured his club into reaching a compromise.
As Di Marzio writes, ‘making the difference was the desire of the player, who had communicated to the squad and the management his desire to leave Serie A’.
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Having sold Jannik Vestergaard for a much higher fee than the cost of Lyanco despite Vestergaard being in the final year of his contract, the Saints look to have wrapped up some commendable business..
The Serbia and Brazil youth international, who is a dual national, boasts 59 appearances in the Italian top flight with Torino and in a loan spell with fellow top-flight Italian outfit Bologna.
At just 24 years of age, acquiring him for well below the fee commanded for Vestergaard strikes a perfect maelstrom of experience, potential to improve and financial sense.