Mario Lemina favours a move to Manchester United over Arsenal and Leicester this summer, talkSPORT understands.
The Southampton midfielder looks primed for a summer switch after being left out of the Saints’ pre-season tour of Austria.
United and Arsenal have made enquiries about Lemina’s availability and an £18million price tag is reportedly being demanded by the south coast club.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is said to be happy for Lemina to leave after he missed four months of the 2018/19 season to injury.
And according to talkSPORT’s man on the south coast, Alex Crook, Lemina’s no.1 choice is United, despite Arsenal’s long-standing interest in him.
He said: “Three Premier League clubs have enquired about Mario Lemina; Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester.
“I’m guessing the interest from Leicester is probably over now that they have signed [Youri] Tielemans – and Arsenal are obviously in a bit of disarray with [Laurent] Koscielny.
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“My understanding is that Manchester United is Lemina’s preferred destination. He has offers to return to Italy with Atalanta but he wants to play at the highest level.”
Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger turned down a move for Lemina in 2017, but Emirates chiefs have continued to monitor the progress of the former Juventus star.
It is believed Hassenhuttl wants the Gabon international’s future sorted by the time the squad returns to Southampton next week.
United have been granted permission to speak to Lemina, but are unlikely to move for him until Paul Pogba’s future is resolved.
The Frenchman wants to leave the club this summer, with Juventus and Real Madrid interested, but the Red Devils are reluctant to sell and reportedly want as much as £120m if they are to part ways with the World Cup winner.
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