By Danny Wright

20th May, 2017 | 3:11pm

Arsenal plot £8.6m bid to end long-term pursuit for Serie A sensation - reports

By Danny Wright

Arsenal are considering lodging a bid for long-term target Mario Lemina, according to a report.

Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato claims that the Gunners are willing to spend £8.6million on the Juventus midfielder.

However it is understood that Lyon and his former club Marseille are interested as well as Roma, who would like to see the Serie A sensation stay in Italy and have been in contact with Juventus.

Calcio Mercato claimed in August 2016 that the Gunners had a £13.9million bid for the 23-year-old rejected by Juve as they looked to reap £17.4million.

However the most recent report says that Juve will find it difficult to receive a hefty fee due to his lack of game time over the course of this season.

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Lemina has played 27 times in all competitions for the Bianconeri this season, scoring once and supplying one assist.

The defensive midfielder, who is known for his ability in the air, began the season by earning plenty of starts but a red card against Lyon in October saw his time on the pitch drastically reduced.

He since suffered a back injury and also featured in Gabon’s African Cup of Nations campaign in the winter.

Football Insider Verdict

Arsenal need to sign a player who can prove to be a great shield for the defensive line. Arsene Wenger has found some success by deploying a back three in recent weeks and that can be improved by a young player who can prove to be a physical wall in front of them. Lemina could be that man and for £8.6million, he could be a pretty good investment. Playing alongside the likes of Sami Khedira in a very successful team, that is about to contest the Champions League final, means they would also be signing a player who is used to winning – and that is what Wenger needs more than anything.

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