Mario Lemina favours a move to Manchester United over Arsenal this summer, according to reports.
The Southampton midfielder is set for a summer switch after being left out of the Saints’ pre-season tour of Austria.
Arsenal and United have made enquiries about Lemina’s availability and the 25-year-old is reportedly valued at £18million by Southampton. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy for Lemina to leave after he missed four months of the 2018/19 season to injury.
The Daily Star claim Lemina’s No.1 choice is United, despite Arsenal’s long-standing interest in him. Arsene Wenger vetoed a move for Lemina in 2017, but the Gunners have kept tabs on the former Juventus star.
Hassenhuttl wants Lemina’s future sorted by the time the squad returns to Southampton next week. United have been given permission to speak to Lemina, but are unlikely to move for him until Paul Pogba’s future is resolved.
Lemina made his intentions to leave Southampton public earlier this summer, admitting he felt he needed a fresh start.
He said: ‘I still have another three years of contract, but it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else.
‘The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave?
‘We have very good discussions with the club. We are in agreement. If I don’t feel good in this project, I can leave. They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere.’