Manchester United are not interested in battling Arsenal for the signing of Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, according to the Manchester Evening News.
That leaves Arsenal as the most serious bidders for the player who has not gone on Southampton’s pre-season tour amid the talk over his future.
The Evening Standard reported earlier this week that Southampton want to recoup the £18 million they paid for Lemina from Juventus in 2017.
In the current inflated transfer market, that’s not a silly price for a player who is still just 25, has obvious talent and Premier League experience.
But Lemina has slipped out of the Southampton team of late and has also had injury problems, which may make Arsenal think twice in a window where every pound counts.
The upshot is that a bidding war – which would likely push the price up – does not look to be on the cards and Arsenal have a free run at negotiating over Lemina if they want to go down that route.
Arsenal could perhaps do with a more defensively-minded, disciplined midfielder than Lemina, but have also lost Aaron Ramsey this summer and not replaced him.