Report suggests Arsenal have bid rejected for Juve midfielder

Mario Lemina Juventus

Arsenal have been ponderous in their summer transfer business, with their supporters growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of big-name signings.

Mario LeminaMario Lemina during his time with Marseille

Arsenal have had a bid of £13.83 million (€16million) rejected by Juventus for midfielder Mario Lemina, according to Italian news outlet CalcioMercato (reported via the Telegraph).

The 22-year-old Gabon international spent last season on loan in Turin, and the move was made permanent in April of this year after he impressed the Juventus management with a succession of impressive displays.

Mario Lemina JuventusMario Lemina in action for Juventus

CalcioMercato go on to report that the Serie A outfit value the midfielder at £17.8 million (€20 million), and will not entertain any offers below that figure.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure from supporters to invest heavily in the playing squad to keep up with big-spending rivals Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Midfield, however, would seem to be the last place that Wenger needs to strengthen, with the addition of Granit Xhaka improving what was an already strong Arsenal midfield.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerShould Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger be prioritising other areas rather than midfield?

The report does not stipulate whether or not the Gunners plan on returning with an improved bid for Lemina, but with the North London outfit in such dire need of a striker, they would be far better served investing their funds available in the forward department, rather than adding another midfielder to their ranks, irrespective the Juve star's talent.

Juventus' Mario Lemina in action with Tottenham's Joshua OnomahJuventus' Mario Lemina in action with Tottenham's Joshua Onomah

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