Paper Talk: Man Utd, Arsenal target Southampton man in £20m deal

Date published: Tuesday 9th July 2019 8:24

Mario Lemina

Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester are ready to lock horns over an unwanted Southampton star, while former Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno has finally found himself a new club, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Southampton have told Mario Lemina he can leave St Mary’s this summer – with a queue of clubs looking to raid the south coast for the versatile Gabon star.

According to the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old has been made available by Ralph Hassenhuttl after being left out of their squad for their pre-season tour to Austria. Charlie Austin was another high-profile omission.

But according to the Mail, it is the availability of former Juventus star Lemina which has alerted a number of Premier League sides, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester all reported to be considering approaches to sign the player, who can operate across the midfield or in a No 10 position. There has also been interest in the player from Atalanta.

Southampton signed the 25-year-old from Juventus in an £18million deal two years ago but he has been unable to nail down a regular spot at St Mary’s and has now been told he can leave for a fee of around £20million.

Lemina admitted at the weekend he is ready to quit the club, saying: “I still have another three years of contract. But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else.

“The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave?

“We have very good discussions with the club. We are in agreement. If I don’t feel good in this project, I can leave.

“They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere.”

Striker Austin is thought to be on the radar of Premier League new boys Sheffield United.


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