Galatasaray are looking to sign Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina permanently, according to Fotomac (via Sport Witness).
Lemina is currently on a season-long loan at Turk Telekom Stadium, but the Turkish club are hoping to keep the player beyond this campaign.
According to the same report, Galatasaray have the option to sign Lemina for €16m (£13.5m) but are trying to get the price down due to their finances. Such haggling could easily see a move collapse, but it is in everyone’s best interest for some sort of deal to take place in the summer.
Fotomac states that Lemina is happy at Galatasaray, while Ralph Hasenhuttl is probably happy with his current options at St. Mary’s. James Ward-Prowse, for example, has really excelled this season.
The 25-year-old has scored four goals, created two and averaged 1.6 key passes in the Premier League (via WhoScored). Lemina, on the other hand, is yet to score or provide and has averaged just 0.6 key passes per game in Turkish football’s top division. Furthermore, Ward-Prowse is just one player he could struggle to get in the team ahead of.
Managing to find regular football at Turk Telekom Stadium while Ward-Prowse — to name just one Southampton midfielder — excels at St. Mary’s, Lemina’s loan move to Fatih Terim’s side has worked out fairly well for all parties involved.
Considering that, both clubs need to find some sort of arrangement that will unlock a permanent transfer.
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