According to The Sun, Ligue 1 giants PSG are considering launching a £30 million move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina in the upcoming January transfer window.
PSG are in the market for a new central midfielder after it emerged that Adrien Rabiot would not be signing a new contract with the club and will likely be leaving as a free agent at the end of the season.
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Thomas Tuchel will be keen to replace the 23-year-old at the Parc des Princes as soon as possible, preferably in the winter window so that his new arrival has time to bed into the squad.
Lemina is a smart target for the Parisien outfit to pursue but the Saints should not be tempted to accept any £30 million offer they may receive.
Lemina is already a fine Premier League midfielder, and were he playing in a more cohesive, confident side it’s easy to envisage that he might shine even brighter. Ralph Hasenhuttl, the new manager at St Mary’s Stadium, would be wise to identify the 25-year-old as a central pillar around which to build his team.
The 11-cap Gabon international is perfectly suited to Hasenhuttl’s aggressive, dynamic style of play, and the midfielder will likely flourish under the tutelage of the new boss.
If he continues at his current rate of progression, it is fanciful to assume Lemina will remain with the south coast club for too much longer. It is perfectly conceivable, though, that Saints could command a fee in the region of £50 million for him in the next few years. Accepting less than that now would be a mistake.