Arsenal See Opening £16m Bid Rejected For Juventus Midfielder

By on August 16, 2016

The summer transfer window is in full swing so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal have made an offer for Mario Lemina…

Arsenal have seen an opening £16m bid rejected for Mario Lemina with Juventus demanding closer to £20m for the talented midfielder, according to the Sun.

Arsene Wenger is working hard trying to sign a centre-back and striker before the transfer window closes at the end of the month but it appears the boss may also be in the market for further midfield reinforcements.

We’ve been linked with a move for Mario Lemina in recent weeks and the Sun are citing reports coming out of Italy that claim Arsenal have now tabled an opening £16m offer for the Gabon international.

Lemina only joined Juventus on a permanent basis last summer following an impressive initial loan spell from Marseille having make his name as a youngster in France but it looks as though Wenger is trying to lure him to the Premier League.

However, it appears we’ll have to dig a little deeper if we want to sign the 22-year-old as the newspaper suggests that Juventus have already turned down our offer and are demanding closer to £20m for the talented youngster.

We also aren’t the only club in the running for Lemina’s signature as the Sun claim that West Brom and Schalke are also showing a keen interest in the midfielder so they could yet enter the bidding and drive the price up even further.

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Lemina is a central midfielder and while he’s no doubt a talent with a bright future ahead of him, I personally don’t know why we’d be looking to spend big money on another midfielder given the options we’ve already got in the middle of the park.

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Wenger’s priority should be signing a centre-back and striker over the next two weeks so I’d be surprised if these reports from Italy are genuine, unless of course the club have concerns over the long-term fitness of one of our current midfielders such as Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey or Santi Cazorla.

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