Southampton transfer news: Lyanco joins club from Torino on four-year deal

Southampton have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Lyanco from Torino on a four-year contract.

The 24-year-old, who operates at centre-back, played 23 games in Serie A last season, helping Torino avoid relegation to the second tier of Italian football as they finished 17th.

Lyanco, who is a Brazil U23 international, becomes Saints’ eighth signing of the summer, with Adam Armstrong, Theo Walcott, Romain Perraud, Valentino Livramento, Dynel Simeu, and Thierry Small having joined permanently, while Armando Broja has arrived on loan from Chelsea.

He said: “I’m very happy to be here. 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 Southampton.

“It’s a dream not only for me but for all my family too.

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“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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