Man United open talks in a bid to sign £18m-rated midfielder

Manchester United have made an approach to Southampton about the transfer of midfielder Mario Lemina.

It is understood that Lemina has been given permission by the Saints to speak to other clubs after he was excluded from their pre-season training camp in Austria.

The Gabon international has a growing list of teams that have expressed interest in his services. Everton, Leicester City, and Manchester United are the major teams that have been mentioned so far.

Lemina could be lined up as a bargain replacement for star midfielder Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from the club despite joining the Reds on their pre-season tour of Australia.

Lemina has been impressive since joining the Saints from Juventus in 2017. He is a box-to-box midfielder with the ability to win balls high up the pitch and initiate quick attacks. The 26-year-old also has a decent range of passes.

He would also have little problems in adjusting to the demands of a big club, having starred for Italian giants Juventus.

The response from United fans over this news has been largely negative, as fans have vented their disappointment on social media. Majority of the fans believe that he does not improve the squad.

Lemina has made 46 Premier League appearances for Southampton since arriving in 2017.

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