According to Sky Sports, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sees classy Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina as a potential alternative signing to Napoli’s Jorginho, and we at Football FanCast suggested that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho should hijack any move for the Gabon international.
Guardiola is clearly looking to strengthen his midfield options ahead of the new season, and he has obviously been impressed by what he saw from Lemina in what was a tough debut campaign in the Premier League for the Gabon international and his new club, as they only narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship.
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old impressed and showed more than a glimpse of the talent he has in his locker, and according to WhoScored.com he successfully completed 55 of the 62 dribbles he attempted in 25 top flight outings for Saints.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has already brought Fred to Old Trafford from Shakhtar Dontesk this summer, but he may not be finished there when it comes to midfield additions following the retirement of Michael Carrick, and with Marouane Fellaini also looking likely to go when his contract expires at the end of the month.
We asked Man United fans to vote on our poll to see whether they would like their club to hijack Man City’s potential Lemina move, but a majority 56% said they wouldn’t.
Given the Red Devils, whose supporters would love to sign a £54m attacking midfielder after shock transfer u-turn, already have Fred, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba that is understandable, but the African star does look to have that x-factor and could really bring something to the United midfield.