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Manchester United have been given permission to speak to Southampton's Mario Lemina

Southampton's Mario Lemina attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester United Arsenal & Man Utd open talks to sign 25-year-old star, club ready to sell for £18m
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2019, 16:12

Here, Arsenal and Man United are linked with Mario Lemina....

The 25-year-old has been left out of the Southampton training squad for their pre-season preparations with the expectation being that he will leave the club in the coming weeks.

With both Premier League clubs scouring the transfer market for a replacement it has led them to one target in particular.

The Saints are believed to have made the Gabon worldwide available this summer as they look to recoup the €17million (£15.3m) they paid Juventus two years ago.

Lemina has told manager Ralph Hasenhuttl that he wants to leave this summer and Southampton are ready to cash in on the player, who struggled with injuries last season.

Ander Herrera left for Paris St-Germain at the end of his contract for nothing and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to replace him.

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The Times report that Southampton have given United permission to talk to the former Juventus ace, who joined two years ago for a then-club record fee of £18m from them. He has made it clear in a series of interviews recently that his intention is to leave the club, and reaffirmed the news in a fresh and open discussion with France Football most recently. The coach put his team together.

He registered just one goal and one assist in the Premier League last season.

In spite of those numbers, Lemina said: 'I am truly looking to find consistency again, to become an important player in a team again with big objectives.

"I want to show everyone what I can do".

'I aspire to play in the very biggest clubs, now we will see what is offered to me. "They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere". "But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else", he said. "I stand by my plan, I made a decision to tell the leaders that I wanted to leave, there is no turning back", Lemina explained.