By 90Min
July 09, 2019

Manchester United have been given the green light to hold talks with Gabon international Mario Lemina, who is looking for a summer move away from Southampton.

The 25-year-old moved to St Mary's Stadium in a £15.5m deal from Juventus two years ago and he's gone on to make 52 appearances for the club across all competitions.

Lemina is looking to take a step up this summer and he's attracted interest from Manchester United, who've been keeping tabs on the midfielder throughout his time in the Premier League.

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With interest also coming from Arsenal and Leicester CityThe Times reports that Manchester United have been given permission to hold talks with Lemina over a possible move to Old Trafford ahead of the new season.

They add that Ralph Hasenhüttl's side would be willing to accept an offer of £18.5m for Lemina this summer.

The former Juventus midfielder has had a largely impressive two-year spell with Southampton but he's struggled to maintain a high level of consistency on the south coast.

Lemina missed out on a starting spot under Hasenhüttl last season to Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg and Oriol Romeu, while talented England international James Ward-Prowse can also play as a deep-lying midfielder for the club.

It's unknown at this stage how much interest Arsenal and Leicester City have in completing a deal this summer, but Manchester United are leading the race for Lemina's signature as they look to overhaul their midfield.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have also been heavily linked with a move for Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff, while long-term target Sergej Milinković-Savić is once again being mentioned as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba.

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