Celta Vigo are interested in signing Mario Lemina from Southampton, according to Spanish news outlet AS.
The 25-year-old midfielder is unhappy at Southampton and is now searching for a move away from the south coast after being left out of the club’s recent pre-season tour of Austria.
Plenty of clubs have shown an interest in prizing him away from St. Mary’s, with Manchester United rumoured to be keen on signing him before the UK transfer window shut last Thursday.
A return to Serie A with Atalanta was also discussed, however the Italian outfit were reportedly only after a loan-move which Southampton were not interested in.
After no offer was submitted by the Red Devils – or any other club – it has left the Gabon international in a difficult situation.
The Premier League season has now started, with Saints kicking off their domestic campaign with a disappointing 3-0 defeat away at Burnley on Saturday – unsurprisingly Lemina was not part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 18-man matchday squad.
The midfielder’s future does currently look as though it lies away from the south coast, but with the transfer window in England now closed, his options have become extremely limited.
The European transfer window remains open until the start of September, though, which means the 25-year-old could still get his move away, with Celta Vigo now entering proceedings.
From Lemina’s point of view, moving to Celta Vigo may be a downward move. Southampton are merely a stepping stone for his career (something he told France Football via teamTALK) while he waits for a move to a big club – which almost happened this summer if the links with United are to be believed – so to join a team who only just avoided relegation last season makes little sense.
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