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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Arsenal’s Unai Emery are reportedly slugging it out for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina as both managers are looking for an upgrade to their midfield setup before next season.
Solskjaer will be without Ander Herrera and, possibly, Paul Pogba in the coming season while Emery is very desperate to add to his midfielders, although, there’s no is new departure yet.
For both managers, the Saints are not asking for too much as reports by the Evening standard reveal the Gabonese star will cost just £18m.
It’s obvious the 25-year-old won’t play any role at the St Mary’s Stadium next season as he was ignored by Ralph Hasenhuttl while revealing his pre-season squad.
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His exclusion is a testament that the player’s future with the Saints is all but over and report via Standard Evening suggested that 25-year-old has been given a green light to negotiate a deal with any interested suitor.
Is Lemina the kind of player needed at Old Trafford as Herrera’s replacement?
As much as there is an obvious answer to the question, it remains unclear why Solskjaer is so keen on his signature that he’s willing to compete with Arsenal for his signature.
The Evening Standard also revealed that the Gunners have been targeting Lemina’s services since his days at Juventus but they were beaten by Southampton to his signature.
If that is the case, then there must be something special about Lemina’s ability that’s not too obvious to top Premier League managers.