Mario Lemina has reportedly agreed personal terms with AS Monaco ahead of a late summer move back to France.

According to claims from RMC Sport, as cited by GFFN, the midfielder is happy to leave Southampton and join Monaco in the final weeks of the European transfer window.

Lemina is not in the plans of Ralph Hasenhuttl and appears set for an initial season-long loan move to the Ligue 1 side.

However, the report does suggest that while the player has agreed to the terms of the switch, Southampton and Monaco are still negotiating. Talks are understood to be in the advanced stage, with an obligatory clause at the end of the loan deal set to be sealed.

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It’s great to see that we’re finally offloading Lemina, and if we can ensure that Monaco have no choice but to sign him at the end of the season, it will be a weight off our shoulders.

The club have made their intentions clear regarding the future of the midfielder, whose £18 million move to Southampton has largely proven to be a failure.

Lemina has the credentials to thrive in Ligue 1 – he displayed this at Marseille before his transfer to Juventus – but he’ll need to certainly up his game if he is to work his way into Leonardo Jardim’s starting line-up.

Saints may not be able to sign any more players, but it’s encouraging to see that those who are surplus to Hasenhuttl’s requirements are being moved on.

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