Arsenal have reportedly spoken to Juventus about midfielder Mario Lemina’s availability, with a view to making a bid this summer. The 23-year-old has failed to hold down a starting place in Turin and is keen to join a side promising more game time as a result.
The Gabon international made just eight starts in the Italian Serie A last season, coming off the bench 11 times, and is consequently expected to be on his way out of the club. Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri says Arsenal have held initial talks with the Serie A champions, reports the Daily Star.
Arsene Wenger’s men are desperate to bolster their options in midfield as they could be losing a number of players from the engine room this summer. Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin could be moved on from Arsenal, leaving a void for a new arrival to fill.
Lemina could be that player. While not first-choice at Juventus, the defensive-midfielder is talented. He averages a tackle or interception every 25 minutes, having a 90% pass completion ratio, and proved useful for the Old Lady when brought off the bench to shore the game up.
Arsenal are still looking for value in the transfer market and they won’t need to break the bank to sign Lemina. The Gunners know the midfielder wants to leave and Juve are happy to sell given they have a lot of other options so negotiations should be more straight-forward this summer.