Lemina joins Juventus on permanent deal

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Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina will play for Juventus for at least next four years after the Italian champions signed him on a permanent deal from Marseille.

Lemina joined The Old Lady on a season-long loan from the French team at the start of the year and, although he has played only a handful of games due to injury, Juve have decided to make the deal permanent.

The Italian outfit have confirmed a free of €9.5 million, payable in four separate instalments, has been agreed, with a potential extra €1 million to be added on if certain performance-related targets are met.  

A statement from the club said: "The 22-year-old has provided plenty of energy in the middle of the park, protection to the backline and an eye for a goal during his first season at the club.

"Were it not for a lengthy injury in the middle of the campaign, he would surely have added to his tally of 11 appearances in the black and white."

It added: "Over the course of his year with Juventus, Mario has developed into a multi-talented midfielder, able to launch attacks with the same level of excellence with which he defends, qualities that will continue to make him a highly valuable member of the Bianconeri midfield in the future."