Gabon International Mario Lemina Signs to Southampton for Club Record $20.3 Million

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Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina left Juventus and joined Southampton on a five-year deal for a club record fee of $20.3 million, which could increase by an additional $3.6 million when all is said and done.

The 23-year-old Gabon international told Southampton’s website:
“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.”

The 23-year-old Gabon international arrives at St Mary’s after two years in Italy, during which time he won the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia twice, and played in last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Southampton vice chairman Les Reed feels Lemina is a welcome addition to Mauricio Pellegrino’s squad saying,

“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.

“Mario will complement what is already an extremely strong group of midfield players in our squad, and we are excited about what he will bring to the group.”

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