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Southampton have beaten Premier League rivals Watford to the signing of Torino defender Lyanco with a £6 million deal close to completion, as reported by Gianluca di Marzio. 

The Saints already appear to have moved on from one fan favourite this month, if Adam Armstrong’s brilliantly-taken debut goal against Everton is anything to go by. 

And it looks like Jannik Vestergaard, who completed a £15 million move to Leicester City last week, will see his place in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad taken by a man who, until today, looked to be on his way to Vicarage Road. 

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Watford had made an approach for Torino’s Lyanco earlier this week.

According to the usually-reliable Gianluca di Marzio, however, the 6ft 2ins Brazilian is heading for the South Coast instead, with Southampton set to strike a bargain £6 million deal. 

That is less than Torino were hoping to earn from Lyanco’s departure.

But after the former Sao Paulo and Bologna man made it clear that he wanted to leave the Serie A underachievers for a fresh start in the Premier League, Torino have decided not to stand in his way.

Southampton over Watford for Lyanco?

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Lyanco had fallen out of favour at l Granata.

And it remains to be seen if he can fill the void created by the departure of Vestergaard, a man who was being talked about as one of the most impressive ball-playing centre-halves in the country this time last year. 

Lyanco’s impressive passing range – he averages a completion rate far higher than that of Jan Bednarek, Mohamed Salisu and Jack Stephens – should stand him in good stead, particularly in a side who like to play out from the back under Ralph Hasenhuttl. 

Lyanco had also been linked with a move to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United in 2020.

That, in itself, should tell you a lot about the Brazilian’s technical ability, given Bielsa’s preference for players capable of taking the ball under pressure and playing quick, inventive passes through the lines.

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