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SOUTHAMPTON’S MARIO LEMINA WANTED BY ARSENAL, MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United and Arsenal are among the teams to have enquired after Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, who has been left out of the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria.

Lemina has told manager Ralph Hasenhuttl that he wants to leave this summer and Southampton are ready to cash in on the player, who struggled with injuries last season.

United, Arsenal and Leicester City are believed to have shown interest in Lemina, who joined Southampton two years ago from Juventus in a deal worth up to around £18 million.

Southampton will hope to recoup the money they paid for the 25-year-old, who still has three years left on his current deal, but their valuation has not yet been met by any of the interested clubs.

United are in the market for a central midfielder following the departure of Ander Herrera to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. Paul Pogba is also looking to leave Old Trafford this summer, with his agent claiming last week that his transfer away from the club is “in the process”.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are yet to replace midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who has joined Juventus on a free transfer.

Their transfer budget is limited by their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League, though, and they remain focused on securing deals for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba.

Lemina has made clear his intention of moving on from Southampton, saying: “The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh, so why not leave?

“They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere. We are working on it with my agents, we are not putting ourselves under any pressure. We are waiting for the best project, the best offer.”

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