Southampton have confirmed the signing of centre-back Lyanco from Torino on a four-year deal for a reported fee of around £6.5m.
The news was revealed via southamptonfc.com on Wednesday afternoon and means that Saints now have their replacement for Jannik Vestergaard.
The player himself had a determined message for Saints supporters on social media and said he would ” do everything” for the club and his teammates.
After a successful summer of recruitment, it remains to be seen whether this is the end of Saints’ deals or if they will be drawn into any other action by next Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Southampton squad has depth, but previous actions may mean late surprise
Saints’ squad now has the depth that Ralph Hasenhuttl was looking for. Each role in the 4-2-2-2 system now has two options or at least players from other positions also capable of filling in if required, whilst young players from the academy sides will also be wanting to push through.
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The players who have arrived at the club look to be very strong additions. Adam Armstrong, Romain Perraud and Tino Livramento have impressed in the opening two games of the season, Theo Walcott has brought valuable experience and Armando Broja, Dynel Simeu and Thierry Small look highly promising players.
24-year-old Lyanco can now be added to that list, but there are still positions where the club would benefit from another addition.
The goalkeeping situation is less than ideal but will reportedly be sorted next summer with the departure of Fraser Forster. Central-midfield areas could be an area to target with three natural options for two positions – even if Stuart Armstrong is able to fill in as he did last season.
Saints’ previous record of making late signings may hint that more action is not impossible.
Each of Kevin Danso, Danny Ings, Takumi Minamino and Theo Walcott were signed on deadline days, which shows that some opportunities arise for the club to take advantage of as the deadline gets closer.
It could be that Saints are happy with their squad but would still like to add a star name to their squad if one becomes available. Intriguingly, they will still have one loan spot open if they want to use it.
If no further signings are to be made, fans can expect some fringe players to leave. The likes of Michael Obafemi, Yan Valery and Shane Long could be open to moves away if a chance comes about with strong competition now ahead of them.