Arsenal are believed to have made a £13.8m bid for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, as Wenger is desperately looking to bolster his options for the new season but Serie A champions have straight away rejected the move, reports Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old versatile midfielder has been on Arsene Wenger’s wishlist for a long time, but it seems the Frenchman has to look options elsewhere to strengthen attacking options.

A defensive midfielder by nature, the Juventus youngster could also operate as a centre-back and Allegri is keen to keep him in the team especially after the departure of French superstar Paul Pogba.

With the Injury crisis in the Gunners backline, Lemina could be a perfect solution for the Wenger’s problems which were further highlighted during the 3-4 defeat to Liverpool and a draw with Leicester.

The youngster is under contract with the Italian champions until 2020, and it is believed that the Italian giants value their asset at around £17m. It means the Gunners should increase their bid or forget the signing of this versatile midfielder.

Last season Lemina made only ten first team appearances but now with the departure of Paul Pogba, his role could be increased.

It is perhaps the lack of a really strong physical build that prevents Lemina from being an out-and-out defensive holding player. However, he has all the other attributes to succeed in that role: great intelligence and work rate, a strong engine, and the ability to really time a tackle well.

Many would see Lemina as a street fighter. He chases a lot of balls down, harries and pressurises opponents into mistakes, and seems to possess a strong attitude.


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