Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina has stated he will be leaving the Italian club this summer to gain more first team football.
The Evening Standard have reported in recent weeks that Arsenal have been scouting the Gabonese international, while Watford have also been linked with the the 23 year old. Speaking to Italian website Calcioline.com, Lemina said:
“I want to play more and demonstrate what I am capable of. Seville and Valencia? They are clubs with a name and a history. There are new projects, let’s see. I’m also flirting with Arsenal or Watford. I do not think I’m interested in Lyon and going back to Marseille is not a good idea.”
Sevilla have been talked about as a possible destination in the Italian media with the player being involved in a swap deal for Steven N’Zonzi. Valencia meanwhile also reportedly made a loan offer for the midfielder which was turned down by Juve as they seek a permanent sale.
Lemina moved to Juve from Marseille two years ago, initially on loan, before he signed on a permanent basis for €8million last summer. He made 29 appearances in all competitions last season, but was limited to only eleven starts. The Serie A champions are reportedly holding it out for €20million for the player.