Official: Juventus sign Mario Lemina

Marseille have confirmed that Mario Lemina has joined Juventus on loan with an option to buy.

The former France Under-21 international has been at the Stade Velodrome for two years after leaving boyhood club Lorient and underwent a medical on Monday ahead of completing the move to Turin, while defenders Mauricio Isla and Paolo De Ceglie have moved in the opposite direction.

The duo both head to Marseille on loan deals to boost the defence of a team that has taken just three points from their opening four Ligue 1 matches.

The Bianconeri will pay €1.5 million for the 21-year-old Lemina’s services in 2015-16 and have the chance to make the deal permanent ahead of next season.

Juventus have been in need of midfield reinforcements this summer after losing Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal to New York City and Bayern Munich respectively.

Inter midfielder Hernanes is also expected to sign for Massimiliano Allegri’s men prior to the transfer deadline.