It’s been widely speculated that one or more of Mario Lemina, Stefano Sturaro, or Tomas Rincon would be leaving Juventus this summer. This is largely due to the shift in formation from last season, by removing a deep midfielder and replacing them with an attacker. With one less playing spot available on a regular basis, that means there is less opportunity for the aforementioned three.
Mario Lemina could be the first to go. Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that both West Ham and Stoke City have taken a liking to the Gabonese midfielder. It’s currently unknown whether this interest is for a loan deal, or permanent one, let alone how much of a fee he might command.
Lemina made the switch to Juventus in the summer of 2015, initially on loan, where he impressed enough to make the deal permanent for a fee around €10 million. After initially showing signs of promise in limited playing time, Lemina fell down the pecking order and was used sparingly last year.
Juventus will likely look to add an additional central midfielder by the end of the summer, so Lemina will likely not go without a replacement. It would not be a wild thought that Juventus would be looking for an immediate improvement on Lemina, rather than banking on him making serious improvements for the next season. This likely won’t be the last time you hear about Lemina potentially leaving, but at least we now are pretty sure there’s some interest.