Manchester United Given Permission to Hold Talks With Southampton's Mario Lemina

Manchester United Given Permission to Hold Talks With Southampton's Mario Lemina

Lemina, who has interest from a host of clubs, is expected to move on from Southampton this summer, but the midfielder insists that he does not necessarily have to join a side in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old has been left out of the Saints' squad for their pre-season training camp in Austria amid reports that United have been given permission to speak to him.

When asked if his aim was to stay in the Premier League, the Gabon global said: "It is a very interesting league".

"I still have another three years of contract [at Southampton]". Since previous year, I made it clear: I want to leave and go elsewhere this summer. The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury.

Manchester United need a few midfielders to add depth to their side, while the starting XI also needs at least one midfielder, but the signing of Lemina, if the deal does go through, will be a very surprising one.

Man Utd boss Solskjaer upbeat over Alexis fitness
Solskjaer's squad is now lacking in midfield, though the Norwegian should consider the sale of Pogba should the right bid come in. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first preseason as Man United boss kicks off on Saturday the 13 of July against Perth Glory .

"The best option for me would be to stay [in the Premier League], but I do not close the door to any club, no country". I aspire to play in the very biggest clubs, now we will see what is offered to me.

The Chronicle state that Longstaff, one of Newcastle's breakthrough talents last season, will cost Manchester United £50million in their hunt for his capture while the Times state that Southampton are seeking more than the £18.5million they spent on his signing.

"Everything depends on the project that is proposed to me. I have made a good impression in England".

"If I get the opportunity to play in it this season, why not, but I am truly looking to find consistency again, to become an important player in a team again with big objectives".

"Today, after four months of injury, I am not targeting anything in particular". I want to start afresh.

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