Manchester United have gained permission to speak with Southampton’s Mario Lemina with the Gabonese midfielder wanting to leave St Mary’s this summer, according to reports.
The 25-year-old was left out of Saints’ squad for their pre-season tour in Austria and it’s believed both parties are happy to move on after Lemina arrived from Juventus in 2017.
The Telegraph report both United and Arsenal have expressed interest in signing Lemina, neither are thought to have made a formal bid as of yet. The Gunners’ reported budget of £45m may force them to look elsewhere should Ole Gunnar Solskjær ensure Ed Woodward wins the race for Lemina by agreeing a fee at Southampton’s valuation, with United in a much stronger position to win the race.
Though United’s interest is only rumours, Lemina’s desire to move on isn’t, with the former Juventus man confirming his wish, saying: “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?”
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