Brazilian defender Lyanco will travel to England on Sunday for a medical ahead of finalising a £7m move from Torino to Southampton.
This is according to Sky Sports News, who report the most recent information on this deal after other sources such as Hampshire Live, the Athletic and Gianluca Di Marzio confirmed an agreement between the two clubs in question earlier on Friday.
Saints are said to have beaten Watford and Udinese to Lyanco’s signature and the 24-year-old looks a defender capable of future development given that he has represented Brazil at youth level.
The seventh signing of their summer window could be the end of Saints’ summer business in terms of incomings but some action other action is still likely in the lead up to deadline day.
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Interestingly, both Botafogo and Sau Paulo will be due a percentage of the £7m fee that Saints are said to be signing Lyanco for. Both clubs played a part in his development at academy levels and Sau Paulo gave him his breakthrough into senior football.
Lyanco will join with a reputation for being comfortable on the ball and capable of building attacks from defensive areas. In effect, he is a centre-back in the mould of Jannik Vestergaard if not as tall.
Saints now have some good options for the two centre-back positions with Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek and Mohammed Salisu already at the club. The latter two can be regarded as players with real potential, whilst Stephens is an excellent pro to have as an influence in the dressing room.
Looking at Saints’ summer deals in all, they have made a profit of around £24m to date and this remaining figure allows them seize on an additional opportunity if one arises in the final days of this window.
They have completed some late deadline day deals in recent years with the signings of Takumi Minamino, Danny Ings and Kevin Danso in recent seasons.