Southampton have seemingly found their Jannik Vestergaard replacement, with Fabrizio Romano confirming on Twitter that they are set to sign Lyanco from Torino.
The Saints have been in the market for a new centre-back ever since Vestergaard completed his move to Leicester City earlier this month, and a plethora of names have been touted as potential options for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
However, it seems as if that search is now over, with Romano sharing some news from Gianluca Di Marzio on Twitter. He outlined: “Southampton are set to sign Brazilian centre back Lyanco from Torino. Celta Vigo and Betis made proposals in the last weeks but Lyanco is ready for new Premier League chance.
“Deal will be completed for €7m, as per Di Marzio. Final details to be fixed soon.”
Romano is rarely wrong when it comes to transfer news, so it seems that Lyanco will be confirmed by Southampton in the coming days, but will he be a good addition to Hasenhuttl’s squad?
The Brazilian centre-back established himself in his home country playing for Botafogo and Sao Paulo before earning a move to Torino in the summer of 2017. After a loan spell with Bologna, the 24-year-old was able to establish himself as a regular with the Turin club, going on to make 53 appearances, in which he has contributed one goal.
The defender will likely compete with Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens for a starting spot on the right-hand side of the middle of Southampton’s defence, with Mohammed Salisu looking like a guaranteed starter on the left at this moment in time.
Although he primarily features as a centre-back, Transfermarkt suggests that he has featured at full-back and defensive-midfield on a number of occasions, which suggests that he is versatile and will be a brilliantly flexible addition to the squad at St Mary’s.
If he can adapt to Premier League football, then there is no reason why Lyanco can’t be a success in the long run at Southampton.