Southampton have reportedly turned down an offer from Serie A side Atalanta for midfielder Mario Lemina.
The same report also states that Southampton are open to a deal, though, but only a permanent one, with Atalanta now expected to make another move in the coming days.
The above comes after the Telegraph reported that the Saints were considering the sale of Lemina, as well as the likes of Wesley Hoedt and Fraser Forster as Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to overhaul his squad.
Southampton are not short of midfield options, with Hasenhuttl having Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu and Stuart Armstrong all to call upon. Still, getting rid of Lemina this summer would surely be a mistake.
When you look at his stats, the 25-year-old Gabon international is clearly a midfielder who brings a lot to the table.
He is an accurate passer of the ball, registering a pass success rate of 86% in the Premier League last season — no current Southampton midfielder was better in possession (as per WhoScored).
Lemina was also pretty effective when carrying the ball, with only Nathan Redmond (2.4) topping his 1.1 dribbles per game.
Considering all of that, the Saints could be losing a really good option for the engine room if they let the ex-Juventus man return to Italy.
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