At only £18 million Lemina could represent quite a bargain, but the question remains whether he is good enough to cut the mustard at the heart of United's midfield.
Premier League giants Manchester United have apparently been "given permission" to conduct transfer talks with Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, who is interested in a move away from his current club this summer.
The Red Devils were desperately poor a year ago where they finished sixth in the Premier League amid a multitude of problems behind closed doors.
The Saints are believed to have made the Gabon global available this summer as they look to recoup the €17million (£15.3m) they paid Juventus two years ago. The Red Devils are keen on signing a midfielder to replace Ander Herrera, who left the club after his contract expired, with several names being linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But the 25-year-old has struggled since Ralph Hasenhuttl became Saints boss last December.
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Along with United and Arsenal, Leicester have also expressed an interest in Lemina, although none of the Premier League trio have been willing to meet Southampton's valuation as of yet. "But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else", he said.
However, after two injury-hit seasons on the south coast, Lemina spoke openly about leaving the Saints last weekend.
"I did not accompany the team in training in agreement with the coach [Ralph Hasenhuttl]".
I aspire to play for the biggest clubs. "I want to show the whole world what I am capable of". "They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere". "I stand by my plan, I made a decision to tell the leaders that I wanted to leave, there is no turning back", Lemina explained.