29 April 2016
Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Mario Lemina’s season-long loan spell has been made permanent with the midfielder signing a four-year deal from Olympique Marseilles.
A fee 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.
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.
Whenever called upon by Massimiliano Allegri, the Gabon international has delivered the goods and he boasts better match statistics than the average for Serie A midfielders in terms of possessions regained (5.22 vs. 4.69), tackles won (2 vs. 1.22), interceptions made (1.56 vs. 1.33), dribbles (2.11 vs. 0.91) and passes completed (40.56 vs. 28.38).
Lemina is also the most precise shooter in the Bianconeri team (40 per cent) and has two fine goals to his name from Serie A outings against Napoli in October and Atalanta in March.
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.