Arsenal have joined a plethora of sides in the race to sign Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina – but should the Gunners launch an official bid?

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have joined the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City and Serie A side Atalanta in enquiring over the Gabon international’s availability.

Southampton recently left Lemina out of their pre-season training camp squad and it looks likely that the former Juventus midfielder will leave before the window closes.

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Unai Emery is working within a tight budget this summer, with the Spaniard having just £45 million available to him ahead of the new season.

The middle of midfield looks set to be an area where Emery is open to adding to, so a cut-price deal for the 25-year-old could be of interest to him.

Lemina has shown glimpses of brilliance for the Saints in his two-year stay, with the Gunners reportedly tracking the player since his arrival at St Mary’s.

Southampton signed the player for £18 million, and with Lemina having three years left on his current deal, the Saints will more than likely be looking to receive the fee they paid the Italian giants if the midfielder is to depart.

The energetic midfielder could flourish at the Emirates if kept fully fit and may well prove to be an excellent piece of business by the Gunners.

However, with numerous other sides also keen on the player, Arsenal may well decide against becoming involved in a bidding war for the out of favour Saints man.

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