Arsenal have relaunched their interest in Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, but face serious competition from Bundesliga outfit Schalke and defending Premier League champions Leicester City.
We earmarked Lemina as one of three possible moves the Gunners could make at the end of August, and it now seems that Wenger is plotting a move for the Gabon international in the January transfer window.
Arsenal do have a plethora of midfielders, but with Aaron Ramsey being injury-prone and Jack Wilshere on loan at AFC Bournemouth, the likelihood of Lemina signing for the London outfit has significantly increased.
Juventus only signed Lemina in a permanent deal this summer for €10 million, but his value has rose progressively throughout his loan spell with the Turin giants, so Arsenal will be expected to fork out at least double that to land their man.
Tuttosport claim that the Gunners will aim to increase their offer of £16 million for the 23-year-old, which was turned down in August by the Old Lady.
Only one midfielder in the Juventus team has won the ball in the midfield third more times than Lemina, who has been outstanding under Massimo Allegri.
The competition Arsenal face for Lemina’s services are not likely to thwart the club, with Leicester struggling to match the dizzying heights of last season, whilst Schalke only picked up their first win of the Bundesliga season on Sunday following straight defeats.
The biggest stumbling block is likely to come from Juventus, who appear reluctant to part with their talented star.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.