Manchester United and Arsenal push for Southampton battler Mario Lemina

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Manchester United and Arsenal are among the clubs who have enquired about Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, PA understands.

Signed from Juventus two years ago, the 25-year-old looks set to leave St Mary’s this summer after a stop-start time on the south coast.

Along with United and Arsenal, Leicester have also expressed an interest in Lemina, although none of the Premier League trio have been willing to meet Southampton’s valuation as of yet.

Saints paid an initial €17 million to sign the Gabon international from Juve, who were owed a possible extra €3m.

The club will at least want to get their money back as they look to cash in on Lemina, who has not been included in Southampton’s 26-man squad for their pre-season training camp in Austria.

The former Marseille midfielder has made 52 appearances in all competitions for Saints, although only three of them have come in 2019.

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Napoli are closing in on a deal for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.

According to Sky Sports Italia, the Partenopei director Cristiano Giuntoli flew out to the Spanish capital on Monday for advanced negotiations with Real Madrid and Rodriguez’s agent Jorge Mendes.

Atletico Madrid remain interested in securing the 27-year-old’s services, but the Colombian reportedly wants to work with Carlo Ancelotti again.

The Serie A side hope to finalise a deal in the coming days, with the only issue being whether Real Madrid agree to Napoli initially taking him on loan with an option to buy later.

The former Monaco man spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich but after a disappointing loan spell, the Bundesliga giants decided against extending the option in the contract, with James now seeking new opportunities to further his career.

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Manchester United are interested in Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to continue his summer rebuilding, RMC Sport have reported according to the Daily Mail.

In further Red Devils news, Harry Maguire is “flattered”, according to the Express, by interest from United, who will have to make him the most expensive defender of all time to twist Leicester’s arm after a £70million bid for the England centre-back was rejected last week.

West Ham are waiting for a decision on Maxi Gomez‘s proposed £44.5m move from Celta Vigo, according to The Telegraph.

The Hammers are hoping to convince Gomez to move to London rather than to Valencia.

Scottish champions Celtic are ready to bid more than £5million to buy Huddersfield full-back Tommy Smith and Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers, according to the Daily Record.

And Celtic’s Old Firm rivals, Rangers, are warning their fans that another loan deal for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent may not happen, according to The Sun.

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