Watford set to take on Stoke for midfielder's signature

The two Premier League sides will battle it out this summer for Juventus player Mario Lemina.

Watford set to take on Stoke for midfielder's signature
Lemon recently signed for Juventus on a permanent basis (Photo: Getty Images)

Mario Lemina has recently signed for Seria A outfit Juventus, but he may well be leaving the club in the coming days with several clubs across Europe chasing his signature.

The former Marseille man signed for Juve after his loan spell expired at the end of last season, and Watford and Stoke City are just two that are interested in signing the midfielder.

Lemina was on spell at The Old Lady for the 2015-16 season, but reports in Italy suggest that manager Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t see how the midfielder will fit into the side.

The midfielder is currently wanted by both Watford and Stoke City (Photo: Getty Images)
The midfielder is currently wanted by both Watford and Stoke City (Photo: Getty Images)

Two sides set to battle it out

This could then draw a move elsewhere, and with the two Premier League sides battling it out for his services, it will be interesting to see where the midfielder lands, if he is to depart Juve.

The stumbling block that the Hornets could come across is the fee for the player, with the Italian side paying €12 million just a few weeks back.

And Juve believe he is now worth more than what they paid, but the Premier League sides are looking to spend around €8 million for Lemina.

Watford may well have to wait until later in the summer transfer window with the asking price being more than what they were hoping it would be.

Lemina made 10 appearances for Juventus last season (Photo: Getty Images)
Lemina made 10 appearances for Juventus last season (Photo: Getty Images)

Successful time in Marseille

Lemina began his playing career with Lorient in France, where he spent seven years with the youth team before making his big break in 2012.

His move to Marseille came after just one season with the Lorient first team, and in the next three years in the south of France, he made 46 appearances.

Lemina spent his final year at Marseille on loan to Juve, where he appeared 10 times, which brought about his permanent move to Italy.

And despite the midfielder making seven appearances combined for France’s Under-20 and Under-21 side, he has made five appearances for Gabon since 2015.