Celta Vigo took Wesley Hoedt and Sofiane Boufal on loan last season, and according to claims from Spanish news outlet AS, they could move for Mario Lemina.
The midfielder wants to leave Saints but failed to secure a move to another Premier League club during the English transfer window, indicating that he will need to pursue a switch abroad.
Celta seem to be interested in adding a physically-gifted player to their options in the middle of the park, and sporting director Felipe Minambres appears to have identified Lemina as a target.
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At this point, I’m not sure anyone is too fussed where Lemina ends up. It’s good that he won’t be playing his football at another Premier League side this season, as he is still a gifted player.
However, he is obviously desperate to leave Saints, and he’s not training with the first-team squad. He’s not in the plans of Ralph Hasenhuttl, and he’s now just collecting a wage for doing precious little.
Therefore, a move to Celta would be a good option for the club – we seem to have a strong relationship with the La Liga outfit, and after Hoedt and Boufal flattered to deceive in Vigo, it is pleasing to see that they are still keen to do business with us.
Lemina may be a good fit. He possesses the dynamism and flair to thrive in the top tier of Spanish football, and it could be a move that gets his career back on track. This one seems like a positive deal for all parties involved.