Mario Lemina looks to be heading for the Southampton exit door this summer, with Manchester United just one side said to be interested in the 25-year-old’s services.
As well as Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City are also said to have made enquiries about Lemina while Serie A side Atalanta are rumoured to be keen, too.
Lemina recently admitted it could be time for something different and a move away from St. Mary’s now looks to be on the cards.
Manchester United seem to be undergoing a bit of a rebuild — something the Evening Standard said would happen back in April — and Lemina could be a good option to explore following the arrivals of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
Looking at their midfield, Lemina may be able to fit in. He averaged a pass success rate of 86% in the Premier League last season, which is roughly the same as what Fred (86.3%), Nemanja Matic (86.9%) and the now-departed Ander Herrera (87.8%) all managed (as per WhoScored).
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants another midfielder who is equally as adept in possession as the above names, then Lemina looks to be his man.
As well as that, Lemina could be the individual in the middle who carries the ball to help get Manchester United on the front foot. At 1.1, the Gabon international made more dribbles per game in the Premier League than Herrera (0.5), Fred (0.6) and Matic (also 0.6).
That could prove vital for the Red Devils with the team’s current primary ball carrier in midfield, Paul Pogba (1.7), angling for a move away from Old Trafford this summer.
When you consider all of that, signing Lemina this transfer window could be a smart bit of business by Manchester United.
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