Southampton have given Manchester United permission to negotiate a possible transfer with Mario Lemina, according to a report from The Times.

The Red Devils are believed to be among a raft of clubs who are pursuing a deal for the Saints midfielder, who is set to leave the club this summer after falling out of favour under Ralph Hasenhuttl. 

Lemina was excluded from the manager’s squad that flew out to Austria to further their pre-season preparations on Monday, affording the Gabon international the chance to pursue an exit. 

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The 25-year-old joined in a deal worth around £18.5 million from Juventus in 2017, and as per The Times, Southampton want to sell him for at least the aforementioned fee this summer.

Arsenal and Leicester City have both also expressed an interest in signing Lemina, but Manchester United seem to be pushing to secure his services. 

Southampton appear to be hoping to trim the squad of its fringe players in a bid to generate further funds ahead of the final month of the summer transfer window. 

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