Report: Southampton's Mario Lemina on verge of AS Monaco move

Mario Lemina during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on March 27, 2019 in Southampton, England.

The Saints midfielder was reportedly on the radar of Everton and Wolves amongst other teams in the summer.

Mario Lemina during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on May 10, 2019 in Southampton, England.

Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina - believed to have been a summer target for multiple Premier League sides - is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, according to RMC France.

The French outlet claims that the Gabon international, who has fallen out of favour at St Mary's Stadium, has already agreed personal terms with the Principality side and is actively pushing for the deal to go through.

 

In addition, RMC France suggests that Lemina has already spoken to Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim, with talks having taken place last night between the two clubs over the finer details regarding a loan move with obligation to buy.

The 25-year-old joined the Saints from Juventus in 2017 deal worth up to £18.1million on a five-year deal (BBC Sport), but made just 18 starts last season, and 23 appearances in all competitions, according to Transfermarkt, as Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl appeared to prefer other options in midfield.

Mario Lemina of Southampton celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on February 3, 2018 in...

Prior to the English summer transfer window shutting, Wolves were said to be interested in Lemina (Daily Mail), while Everton (Sky Sports News), Arsenal and Manchester United were also reportedly keen on his services (Telegraph).

While a move to another Premier League club is now out of bounds until next January, Lemina could yet make a switch outside of England this summer, and if the reports are true, he could well be on the verge of being on the books of another recent national champion, Monaco having won Ligue 1 in 2017.

Meanwhile, the likes of Wolves and Everton appear set to miss out on Lemina altogether if they had an eye to secure his services in the winter transfer window.

Monaco's Portuguese head coach Leonardo Jardim attends a training session at the Vodafone Park stadium in Istanbul, on October 31, 2017, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group G...

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