Rumours are circling that Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Mario Lamina, but it’s a deal Arsenal should not pursue.
That’s the verdict of former Gunners attacker Paul Mariner.
The Saints midfielder, who is rated at £18million, is also being eyed by Manchester and Leicester after standing out at St Mary’s two years after signing from Juventus.
The 25-year-old spent two years in Italy prior to his move to Hampshire and played 42 times for the Serie A giants.
It is suggested that Gunners boss Unai Emery is very keen to land the Gabon international and is willing to swap Mohamed Elneny to sweeten the transfer.
However, Mariner doesn’t believe Lamina should be considered as a top target if the Gunners want to improve in 2019/20.
The player-turned-pundit told ESPN FC: “This guy, Lemina, at Southampton.
“What has he done for me at Southampton? Absolutely nothing.
“How is he going to make an impact in the centre of midfield for Arsenal?
“Arsenal have got [Lucas] Torreira, I don’t know why, if they’re trying to unload him, if there’s some kind of breakdown with the coaches I’m not sure.
“I think he’s a terrific player, he’s a fan favourite, he puts a shift in, he knows exactly what he’s doing in the middle of the park.
“I’m sorry but bringing in Lemina for £20-30m? As a squad player, maybe. As a first-team player, no, not for me.”
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