Galatasaray Want Lemina But Not At The Agreed Price
Monday, 27th Jan 2020 12:22
When Mario Lemina went to Turkey to join Galatasaray it was a one year loan with an agreed fee at the end of the deal, now the Istanbul club want to do business but not at that price.
Mario Lemina has done well at Galatasaray, but his season seems to be following it's usua pattern as it did at St Mary's and indeed elsewhere, a series of good performances, but interspersed with some less than impressive displays as well as the injury hit spells.
Galatasaray agreed an option to buy him at 16 million euros at the end of the season, they want the player, but not at that price.
Reports from Turkey say the club board are ready to start negotiating with Saints but their value of Lemina is half of the agreed price of 16 million with their their current financial status not being good it’s unlikely they will be able to offer the full value.
Media outlet Skorer report Galatasaray’s board are preparing for ‘tough bargaining’ with Southampton and they are likely to offer €8m to sign the 26 year old who has played 19 times in all competitions for the club.
Saints would obviously prefer Galatasaray to pay the agreed price, but I would suspect they would be prepared to negotiate on this one, Lemina was seen as a disruptive influence on the squad and they are keen to get shot of the player who is on a lucrative salary.
Whether Lemina would even be prepared to take a much lower wage in Turkey is far from clear and if Galatasaray can't afford his transfer fee then his current wage level would be a problem and he has another two years of his contract at St Mary's left.
So there is plenty of room for negotiation and with transfermarkt stating his current value at 11 million euros that could be the sort of price Saints would accept to get rid of a player who due to his own behaviour seems to have never fulfilled his undoubted potential.
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