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Valencia try to steal march on Arsenal with £17m bid

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La Liga club Valencia are poised to make a €20m (£17.4m) bid for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, according to Tuttosport.

The Turin based newspaper believes the Spanish side are keen to follow up their purchase of Juve striker Simone Zaza in January, by signing a second player from the Bianconeri.

The 23 year old has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and Watford in recent weeks with the Evening Standard in particular strongly suggesting that the Gunners will make a move for the Gabon international. When asked about the reports by French news outlet Footmercato (translated by the Standard), Lemina said he was “flattered” by the interest from the Premier League:

“I am flattered by the interest of Arsenal and Watford. I am playing for a big club now but I am happy about the interest of other clubs.I do not have a preference for any league. My future depends on who really wants me.”

Lemina only signed permanently at Juventus last summer from Marseille after a season long loan spell in Italy. He has however struggled for game time during his second season in Serie A, making just eight league starts, and 19 appearances in total, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

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