Mario Lemina wants Premier League stay with one of 'very biggest clubs'

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl has reportedly run out of patience with the former Juventus midfielder, whose future he wants resolved by next week.

Manchester United and Arsenal are among the teams to have enquired after Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, who has been left out of the club's pre-season training camp in Austria.

The Red Devils were desperately poor previous year where they finished sixth in the Premier League amid a multitude of problems behind closed doors.

The Gabon global has been with the Saints for the past two years but he has not managed to cement a regular role from the starting lineup with form and fitness concerns.

Ole Gunner Solskjaer is also looking to sign at least one midfielder ahead of the new season after Ander Herrera joined Paris Saint-Germain and it looks like Man Utd are also showing a keen interest in signing Lemina.

The Austrian coach is taking them to his homeland but the 25-year-old is still in England.

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On Tuesday, reports popped up claiming that Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester have all made "enquiries" about signing Lemina.

It seems United have been given permission to speak to Lemina who would command a fee of up to £18 million.

It was only this weekend when the Gabonese global admitted he was open to leaving the Saints.

'I still have another three years of contract. I want to start afresh.

'I aspire to play in the very biggest clubs, now we will see what is offered to me.

The latter pair were battling for survival at the foot of the Premier League table last season and while it was a campaign to forget for the Red Devils, they still managed to finish sixth. We are in agreement. As early as previous year, I had set my conditions, I wanted to go elsewhere this summer. "I stand by my plan, I made a decision to tell the leaders that I wanted to leave, there is no turning back", Lemina explained.

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