Everton are locked in talks to sign Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, according to Calciomercato.com.
Arsenal and Watford have been the two teams most closely linked with the Gabonese international but it seems Ronald Koeman’s side are now in pole position to sign the player.
Agent Vincenzo Morabito is representing the Toffees in negotiations with Juve, and Calciomercato (along with Sky Sport Italia) report that two meetings have been held, one over lunch, and one at a hotel in Milan, to discuss a deal for the midfielder.
Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta and Sporting Director Fabio Paratici were both present at the meetings. The pair are in agreement that Lemina can leave the Serie A champions this summer with the club looking for Everton to meet their €20million valuation.
As well as the Gunners, Roma and Valencia have been tipped as having an interest in the 23 year old, but a bid from the latter was reportedly turned down by Juve due to the offer being an initial loan deal.