Southampton have reportedly accepted a loan offer from Besiktas for midfielder Mario Lemina, according to Fanatik via Sport Witness.
Lemina’s future has been the subject of much debate throughout this summer’s transfer window, after the Gabon international fell out of favour with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The 25-year-old, who joined the Saints from Juventus in 2017, featured sporadically for the south coast outfit last term due to injury (via Transfermarkt), and now looks to have no future at the Premier League club.
Lemina skipped pre-season with the Saints and no longer has a space in the changing rooms at the club’s Staplewood training complex – a telling sign that his time in Hampshire has come to an abrupt end.
Monaco were also reportedly interested in obtaining Lemina’s signature, but instead opted to acquire Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva on a season-long loan, giving Besiktas a clear path to the 25-year-old.
Sport Witness report that The Black Eagles have agreed a deal with Saints to take the central midfielder on loan for the campaign, and all that is left to confirm things is for the player to agree on a move to the Turkish capital.
Besiktas sporting director Ali Naibi will travel to England in the coming days to convince Lemina that a switch to the Super Lig will benefit his career.
Lemina has a great opportunity to get his career back on track with Besiktas. He may feel that after the Manchester United speculation earlier this summer that he could do better than moving to Turkey, but at this late stage he is simply running out of viable options so needs to grasp this opportunity with both hands.
He is still only 25, so if he does well in Istanbul this term, there is nothing to say he cannot forge a move to a bigger club in the future.
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