The latest reports have claimed that Southampton superstar Mario Lemina prefers to make a move to Manchester United over Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The Gabonese midfielder is attracting heavy interest from the two top clubs in the Premier League
With the transfer speculation revolving around Paul Pogba amid interest from Real Madrid, it makes sense for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to look into the transfer market to find a suitable replacement for the World Cup winning French midfielder.
Along with the transfer speculation around Pogba, United lost Marouane Fellaini to the Chinese Super League in January and Ander Herrera left for Paris Saint Germain in the summer. The Red Devils are running short in the midfield department and are eyeing a few players that can fill in the void.
Mario Lemina has been catching the eye of quite a few top clubs in England as the Southampton midfielder joined the South coast club back in the summer of 2017 from Serie A champions Juventus. Lemina has scored just one goal for the Saints in 49 appearances but Arsenal and Manchester United are aware of the talent that the 25-year-old possesses.
Arsenal has only a £40 million transfer war chest for the summer but Unai Emery still wants to bolster his squad for the upcoming season. Gabonese international Mario Lemina is on the transfer wishlist for the Gunners but 25-year-old midfielder prefers a move to Old Trafford instead.
Manchester United have already secured the services for Daniel James and Aaron Wan Bissaka but Solskjaer still wants to continue the spending spree to bring in top quality players at the club to push United further up the table next season.
The Red Devils have already been given permission to speak with the Saints midfielder, however; the Norwegian boss will not make a move for Lemina unless the future of Pogba has been resolved in the next few weeks.
It’s quite strange that Lemina would decide to join Manchester United over Arsenal as his countryman Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is at the Emirates. But players should make selfish decisions at times to ensure that they can do better for their own careers.