Manchester United and Arsenal have apparently ‘enquired’ about the possibility of signing Mario Lemina from Southampton.
The Gabon international revealed over the weekend that he has informed Ralph Hassenhuttl that he wants to leave, with the club reportedly willing to sell him for the very reasonable price of £18 million, having left him out of their pre-season trip to Austria.
“I still have another three years of contract. But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else,” Lemina said as per the Mirror.
“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.”
According to the Daily Echo, both Manchester United and Arsenal have ‘enquired’ about the 25-year-old, with Southampton apparently keen to have a deal concluded quickly.
Manchester United are desperate for midfield reinforcements this summer following the departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera over the last six months. There are also persisting doubts over the future of Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman openly admitting he wants ‘a new challenge’.
United have been linked with a whole host of midfielders this summer, including Bruno Fernandes, Sean Longstaff, Christian Eriksen and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – to name just a few.
Arsenal meanwhile are also in need of reinforcements following the departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus, although Unai Emery is being forced to operate on a shoestring budget, believed to be just £40 million.