Report explains why Southampton's Mario Lemina didn't join Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager celebrates his teams 2-0 victory during the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying round 1st Leg match between Wolverhampton Wanderers...

Wolverhampton Wanderers were expected to sign £18m midfielder Mario Lemina from Premier League rivals Southampton.

Mario Lemina of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St Mary's Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

Mario Lemina’s proposed move from Southampton to Wolverhampton Wanderers fell through as the two Premier League clubs were unable to agree terms on an initial loan deal, according to Foot Mercato.

Transfer deadline day ended up being quiet a frustrating one for Wolves fans. It started amid links with two high quality midfielders, Franck Kessie and Lemina, and ended with the little-known Meritan Shabani posing in front of Molineux.

According to Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan enforcer Kessie turned down a move to the Black County as Wolves only offered a £50,000-a-week deal. The Ivory Coast international wanted closer to £70,000.

 

But what about Lemina?

According to Foot Mercato, the former Juventus and Marseille ace was in talks to join Wolves on loan with a mandatory purchase option. But the deal failed to materialise as Wolves and Southampton simply weren’t in the same head-space when it came to the stipulations of the deal.

Mario Lemina of Southampton takes on Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on...

So instead of joining Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves in a star-studded Wolves midfield, The Saints’ £18 million forgotten man (BBC) finds himself stuck in limbo with Southampton keen to cash in.

Lemina was conspicuous by his absence as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side lost 3-0 to Burnley in their Premier League opener on Saturday too. Fortunately, he has another three weeks to secure a move back to the European mainland before it’s too late.

Mario Lemina of Southampton during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton FC at the London Stadium on May 04, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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