Southampton look to have signed their replacement for Jannik Vestergaard, with it confirmed earlier this week that Lyanco had joined on a permanent deal from Torino.
Following the Danish centre-back’s departure for Leicester City earlier in the window, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were linked with a host of different defenders as a potential replacement and in the end, they opted for the 24-year-old Brazilian, who joins on a four-year deal.
The Saints conceded 68 goals in the top-flight last season and Vestergaard was one of their most consistent performers, so it was vital that Hasenhuttl’s side brought in an adequate replacement for the former Borussia Monchengladbach man.
Lyanco began his career in his native Brazil playing for Sao Paulo before moving to Torino in 2017, where he would go on to make 53 appearances, contributing one goal and no assists.
He also spent one season on loan with Bologna, where he made 13 appearances, so has plenty of experience in the Italian top-flight, and Southampton fans will be hoping that he can quickly adapt to the demands of Premier League football.
Hasenhuttl already has Mohammed Salisu, Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens, as well as young Dynel Simeu, as centre-back options in his side at St Mary’s, so the £4.5m-rated Lyanco will have to impress quickly in training at Staplewood if he is to become a regular starter for the Saints this season.
However, at 24-years-old, the Brazilian defender still has a lot of time to improve under Hasenhuttl’s coaching and he joins a relatively young Southampton squad, with the club’s focus this summer clearly on building a solid team for the future.
Therefore, Southampton fans will surely be delighted that the club worked so quickly to bring in a replacement for Vestergaard this summer and will be looking forward to seeing Lyanco make his first appearance in a Saints shirt.