According to reports in Italy, Spanish La Liga side Valencia are preparing to make a bid of €20m (£17.4m) for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina.
The 23-year-old has made 29 appearances for the Italian champions since joining from Marseille on a permanent basis last summer. However, the Gabon international has been left frustrated by a lack of regular minutes under Massimiliano Allegri recently and has left the door open on a possible move elsewhere.
He has only started two Serie A fixtures since the start of 2017 and one was in an unfamiliar role on the flank against Napoli in April. Lemina himself admitted he’s still uncertain as to whether or not he will remain in Turin ahead of the new campaign, though it’s clear he wants first-team assurances and this would be possible elsewhere.
He was quoted as saying by Tuttosport, “I do not know whether (a transfer) is right in the long-term. It is time for me to play as long as possible and express myself at the most personal level. For now, I have three more years on my contract. I’m happy, despite not having the minutes that I (thought I) would have.”
Talks will take place this summer. Potential suitors have appeared and Lemina has been made aware of their reported interest. He recently spoke about being flattered by Arsenal’s interest, whilst Watford were also linked.