Southampton unlikely to receive €16m agreed fee for Mario Lemina, Galatasaray plot new loan offer

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Mario Lemina of Southampton warms up during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Southampton FC at Vicarage Road on April 23, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Galatasaray are looking into how to extend Mario Lemina’s stay with the Istanbul giants.

Manager Fatih Terim is understood to be a huge fan of the Gabon international who arrived on loan from Southampton last summer.

The Lions have an option to sign Lemina for €16 million however, the club is unlikely to activate this clause due to the clubs Financial Fair Play restrictions.

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According to the Turkish newspaper Sabah, Galatasaray are hoping to negotiate a lower transfer fee with Southampton.

Per the source, plan B involves loaning Lemina for a second season to navigate around UEFA’s financial restrictions.

Lemina joined Southampton from Juventus for €18 million and has two years remaining on his contract with the Saints.

The 26-year-old has scored one goal in 22 appearances for Galatasaray in all competitions this season.

Fatih Terim’s side are back in action this weekend when they take on Yeni Malatyaspor. Southampton meanwhile host Burnley at the St Mary’s Stadium tomorrow.