Southampton midfielder makes transfer decision amid Man Utd and Arsenal interest

Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina reportedly favours a switch to Manchester United this summer.

That’s according to the Daily Star, who claim Lemina would prefer a move to Old Trafford rather than the Emirates to team up with Unai Emery at Arsenal.

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The Times reported yesterday that Southampton have given Lemina permission to speak to United ahead of a potential transfer.

However, according to the Star’s report, the Reds will not submit a bid for the Gabonese international until want-away Paul Pogba’s future has been resolved.

The midfielder has already expressed his desire to leave St Mary’s this summer after boss Ralph Hassenhüttl left him out of the club’s pre-season tour of Austria.

I want to start afresh so why not let me leave,” Lemina said this weekend as quoted by in the Times report.

Solskjaer still needs two midfield signings this summer following recent departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, and Lemina would be an option to provide more depth to a weak area in the side.

Lemina is potentially a cheaper alternatives to reported targets such as Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff, but is unlikely to significantly improve United’s midfield given his stop-start career so far in the Premier League since his switch from Juventus in 2017.

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