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Report: Manchester United steal a march on rivals by making enquiry about Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina

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Report: Manchester United steal a march on rivals by making enquiry about Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina

Mario Lemina has told Southampton he wants to leave.

Manchester United have approached Southampton with an enquiry about Mario Lemina, according to Sky Sports News. After Lemina revealed his desire to leave, Man United have decided to press ahead with this deal.

Lemina has been granted permission to discuss a move away from the St Mary’s Stadium. He has made it clear that he sees his future away from the south coast amid interest from a number of clubs.

This has prompted Manchester United into action. The Red Devils have recently been pursuing Sean Longstaff from Newcastle United (Sky Sports News) so it is clear that they want a new central midfielder.

(Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

But with Arsenal also in the hunt for Lemina, it is time to act quickly. The Gabon international is also wanted by Arsenal and Leicester City this summer, according to The Telegraph.

 

Former Juventus midfielder Lemina did not travel with Southampton to Austria for their pre-season tour. It appears that Southampton want a quick resolution to this transfer situation as Man United circle.

TBR’s view

Lemina has played nearly 50 times in the Premier League for Southampton since joining from Juventus. And while he has had his injury problems, he has proven his quality when fit.

The 25-year-old is now at the right age to kick on and become a key player for Man United. After Ander Herrera left, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a tough-tackling and full-blooded midfielder and that is exactly what Lemina can offer.

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