Man Utd interested in signing of 25-year-old box-to-box midfielder

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Arsenal and Man Utd are among a host of teams interested in the signing of Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, according to the Daily Mail reports.

The 25-year-old has been made available for transfer by the Saints along with striker Charlie Austin was left out of their pre-season tour to Austria.

Although the Gabon international midfielder has shown flashes of his ability since making a move to Southampton in an £18m deal from Serie A champions, Juventus two years ago, his time on the South Coast has been dogged by the minor injuries.

Lemina missed four months of last campaign due to an abdominal injury which coincided with Hassenhuttl’s arrival as the clubs new manager and the Austrian is happy for him to move to another team as he doesn’t consider him is his plans.

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Both Arsenal and Man Utd have submitted enquiries to the Saints about Lemina while Atalanta and Leicester City, are also reportedly interested.

It remains to be seen whether the Foxes are still in the running to sign Lemina after they agreed club record £40m deal for reported Youri Tielemans who was thought to be the Red Devil target as well.

Speaking about his future last week, Lemina said: ‘I still have another three years of contract, but it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else.

‘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.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on to sign a new defensive minded midfielder with Ander Herrera’s departure from the club, while the Gunners also keeping tabs on a cheap midfield option to upgrade their squad.

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