Contrary to reports, Manchester United are not interested in signing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina.
This comes from Manchester Evening News, who claim sources close to the club have downplayed their interest in the Gabonese international.
The Times had reported that the Reds had been given permission to speak to the former Juventus Champions League finalist over a potential transfer.
However, MEN’s report suggests United’s name is being used to drive a possible bidding war for the player who has confirmed he wants to leave St Mary’s this summer.
This news will come as a relief to many Man Utd fans concerned that Lemina is not what the Reds should be looking for. The 25-year-old has had a stop-start Premier League career so far in his two years at the Southampton, and United should be looking for more proven quality.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still needs two midfield signings this summer nonetheless, with now just a month to go until the Reds face Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in their opening game at Stamford Bridge.
MEN’s report states United remain interested in Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes, but any transfer would hinge on the uncertain future of Paul Pogba.