Juventus loses transfer target Lyanco to city rivals Torino

Juventus are set to miss out on Lyanco as the promising youngster signs a contract with their neighbouring rivals Torino.

Sao Paulo president Carlos Augusto confirmed a few weeks ago that Torino have been in talks to sign the player, and now Lyanco has revealed that Torino want him to move to the club straight away.

The Brazilian defender, whose contract with Sao Paulo expires in June 2018, was also a transfer target of Atletico Madrid before the Colchoneros retired from race a few months ago.

While Juventus had been leading the race to sign Lyanco for very long time but the player’s move to Torino seems to be a done deal as terms were agreed for €6m plus €2m bonuses.

Lyanco also will be flying in to Turin soon for his medical.

There were reports that Juventus wanted to sign Lyanco on a permanent deal but will loaning him out to Sassuolo beforehand to help him gain some Serie A experience, but Sassuolo have decided not to go with it, which in turn helped Torino in the pursuit of the player.

“When Torino knew I would have left Sao Paulo, they have insisted that I should have moved to the club as soon as possible”, Brazillian international Lyanco said. “I will need some time to adapt to a new country, new language and new teammates, but I hope that it’ll be quick so I can help my new squad.”

“It’s true that Juventus wanted me, but then Torino came in. It’ll be fun and important to play against Juve in the derby.”

“I’m sad for leaving and I will be forever grateful to Sao Paulo for what they did for me. Now I am ready to move on and begin a new experience.”

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