There are claims Arsenal have launched a bid to sign Mario Lemina from Juventus, with both clubs now settled on a fee for the powerful midfielder.
Lemina, 22, had only agreed to join the Turin landlords this summer after spending last season on loan at Marseille. The midfielder’s versatility ensures he is able to operate in different roles, having featured at centre back, midfield, full back and also on the wings.
The Gabon international spent much of the season on the bench, as he was selected to start in only seven league matches. But he was in the starting line-up for the Coppa Italia final win against AC Milan.
Should Arsenal succeed in luring Lemina to the Emirates, the midfielder will be a huge addition to the Arsenal squad which is always depleted with injuries.
Signing Lemina could also mean an end to the pursuit of Shkodran Mustafi, who the Gunners have been looking to sign for a while.
Arsenal reportedly offered Juventus €16m initially, but it appears the North Londoners have upped their bid and all that is left now is for the player to agree personal terms with Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Gunners travel to Leicester next weekend for their second game of the campaign and they will be hoping Lemina is already in the squad to face Claudio Ranieri’s side, who will also be looking to clinch all three points.