As per a report from French outlet L’Equipe this morning, Premier League giants Liverpool are eyeing a move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina.
Lemina, a 24-year-old Gabonese international, was targeted by the likes of Everton, Arsenal, West Ham, Valencia and, of course, Southampton last summer, after falling down the midfield pecking order behind the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio with Italian champions Juventus.
In the end, Southampton were the only club willing to meet the Bianconeri’s 17 million Euro (plus bonuses) asking price, with the Saints having confirmed Lemina’s signing across the club’s social media channels in August:
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 8, 2017
Lemina has since featured in 20 of Southampton’s 28 Premier League outings to this point in the campaign, though just 15 of these have come as starts.
However, despite not always being deemed as worthy of a starting role by Saints’ boss Mauricio Pellegrino, Lemina has often been a standout performer for Southampton this season, with his all-action showings in the middle of the park for the struggling Hampshire outfit having reportedly caught the eye of a number of the Premier League’s biggest sides.
Arsenal have long held an interest in Lemina, dating back to his days with Marseille, with the Gunners rumoured to be continuing to keep an eye on the progress of the 11-time capped international’s progress at St. Mary’s.
However, as per the aforementioned report from L’Equipe this morning, it is in fact Liverpool who look to be expressing the most genuine interest in Lemina’s services.
The Reds are known to be on the lookout for midfield reinforcements this summer, following the departure of Philippe Coutinho for Barcelona last month, and Emre Can’s expected exit on a free transfer this summer.
As such, the board at Anfield are said to be weighing up a number of options, with Lemina having seemingly been added to the midfield wishlist of Jurgen Klopp, alongside the likes of Napoli pair Jorginho and Piotr Zielinski, and Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos.