Southampton have secured the signing of Lyanco from Torino to strengthen their defence for the next four years.
Reports over the weekend indicated that Southampton were set to sign the Brazilian-born centre-back of Serbian descent. Now, they have been able to announce the completion of the transfer. While not revealing the fee, they have confirmed that Lyanco has signed a four-year contract.
He will effectively replace Jannik Vestergaard, who left for Leicester City recently. Lyanco becomes Southampton’s latest signing after previous deals for Theo Walcott, Adam Armstrong, Romain Perraud and Tino Lavramento, as well as various youth reinforcements and the loan addition of Armando Broja.
Last season, Lyanco played 23 times in Serie A for Torino, who finished 17th in the Italian top flight. Prior to his time in Italy, he came through the ranks at Sao Paulo in Brazil. Now aged 24, the former Bologna loanee is ready for the next challenge in his career.
“I’m very happy to be here,” the defender told Southampton’s website.
“It’s a dream that I have had since I started playing football as a child to play in the Premier League and for a team like a Southampton. It’s a dream not only for me but for all my family too.
I’m here, the gorilla arrived. Let's go on this adventure together, I'm Saints, I'm Southampton! Very happy, my dream is coming true, I will do everything for this club, and for my teammates! I love all of this! 😇❤️🤍🦍 @SouthamptonFC pic.twitter.com/d2XABMejJR
— Lyanco Vojnovic (@Lyanco) August 25, 2021
“I grew up in Brazil and the football is different there, then when I went to Italy I learned that you have to be focused more on tactics.
“My dream was to play in the Premier League and play strong football, and for me English football is perfect.”
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