Last Straight Claim For Lemina
Tuesday, 6th Aug 2019 08:41
The media in the West Midlands are claiming that the deal for Mario Lemina is in the "Last Straight" Saints fans will be hoping it is, but will it be a permanent deal or a loan to Wolves.
Mario Lemina's career so far has been one of spending a small time at each club with limited success, never truly being a first choice player and then leaving before his reputation is sullied.
That seems to be the case at St Mary's, whilst he undoubtedly showed his class at times, too often he was missing when it truly counted and fans were truly split between those who thought he was a waste of time and those who were convinced of his talent but not of his application.
Certainly there were rumours of his lifestyle choices , driving around in fast cars and late nights etc and he seemed to be injured as much as he was fit, or should we say unvailable.
Now it seems that he is heading to Wolverhampton Wanderers and the media in the West Midlands is convinced the deal is about to go through.
Wolves bossNuno Espirito Santo is believed to see a new centre midfielder as high on his list of transfer priorities with just three days left of the window.
Lemina has fallen out of favour under Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl and has been given permission to speak to other clubs in this window, rumours of Manchester United and Arsenal had surfaced but seem to have been nothing more than his agent stirring up the market.
Saints seem happy to let him go and haven't made too much fuss about the situation and only appear concerned about whether it be a loan move or a permanent deal.
Obviously Saints preference would be a clean break from the player, hopefully most of his transfer fee recouped and getting his wages off the bill, but the players reputation in the game goes before him and it seems Wolves are more cautious, they would prefer a years loan with an option to buy.
For Saints that is not good, although they would get his wages off the books, an option to buy is worth little more than the paper it is written on and the likelihood is that if Lemina repeats his times and form at St Mary's then Wolves would politely decline to take up the option.
As with Cedric going to Inter Milan the worry for Saints is that the player is ony a stop gap for Wolves and nothing else.
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