Manchester United and Arsenal are keen on signing a midfielder this summer and have now set sights on the same player. Reports in the United Kingdom suggest Southampton‘s Mario Lemina is on the radar for both clubs.
The Gabon star has been left out of the Saints’ pre-season tour of Austria and reports suggest he is not part of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s plans for next season. According to Evening Standard, Southampton are looking to sell him this summer and have set a price tag of £18M on him.
Lemina was signed from Juventus in 2017 for a reported fee of around £15M. The midfielder is now open to leaving Saints as well and said:
“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.”
Arsenal were keen on signing Lemina in 2017 as well and are reportedly back in the hunt. Unai Emery is looking to sign him but their main focus still remains on Kieran Tierney and Wilfried Zaha.
Manchester United are keen on signing a replacement for Ander Herrera, who joined PSG on a free transfer. Sean Longstaff is another midfielder on the radar for Ole Gunnar Solskjær but Newcastle United are looking for at least £30M for him.