Transfer News

Mario Lemina to join Valencia

July 31, 2017 - 4:16 pm

Juventus have begun negotiations with Valencia for the transfer of midfielder Mario Lemina.

The Gabonese international has failed to make a real impact in Turin, featuring largely as a substitute while enduring a series of injuries that kept him side-lined.

The Corriere Dello Sport newspaper report that Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici are weighing up the option of selling Lemina to the Spanish side, without adding him into a deal for Portuguese right-back, Joao Cancelo.

Juventus are reportedly begining negotiations with Valencia for 23-year-old Lemina who they value at €20m, despite having previously offered him plus €17m for Cancelo.

It’s suggested the initial offer was rejected which led to Juve suggesting a separate sale which may come in at under €20m which will in turn reduce the sale price for Cancelo, who is expected to head in the opposite direction.

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    Dar Black July 31, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Carlton Palmer lives on….

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    Olly023 July 31, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Shame in a way, I had high hopes for Lemina when he came in. Alas. Certain things aren’t meant to be.

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      Basim Khan August 1, 2017 at 12:03 am

      Massive shame indeed if these rumors do end up being confirmed. Rincon, Sturaro and Asamoah are all less talented than he is. Sturaro is most likely to stay because he is Italian, which I completely understand, but wish wasnt true.

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        Dar Black August 1, 2017 at 12:54 am

        He has had his chances to shine. But hasn’t. He may have talent, but he has to bring it to the matches – and hasn’t. He is not going to get unlimited chances before the club lose patience with him. As a midfielder he is playing in a position of influence. How often has he influenced a game enough to justify his start or sub place?

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          RequiemForTheUnderdog August 1, 2017 at 2:53 am

          I say good riddance! I am still scratching my head at why he was subbed in for the UCL final, Like what did Allegri expect him to do coming in for Dybala??? that change was throwing in the towel basically.

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          thegutterpoet August 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

          Never been a fan and feel the club took a punt on him assuming that he might come good or if not, the price was so cheap we would likely not just recoup the outlay buy make a few million on top…I’m outside the Kremlin mate waiting for vlad go join me!

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            Dar Black August 2, 2017 at 10:12 pm

            Always wanted to go to Russia. Like watching Skyflygirl on Youtube. Moscow girls… Back in the USSR. Have a vodka for me sir. Have a great trip. Say hello to Putin! I will be drinking beer tonight after a sh*t day at work….. Oh, and Lemina deserves to get transferred just for that moustache! What the hell is that?

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            Praval August 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm

            Agree on that moustache but hoped he was loaned rather than sold.

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            Dar Black August 3, 2017 at 10:18 pm

            What if the moustache was kept and loaned out to museums, and he was sold on?

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        RequiemForTheUnderdog August 1, 2017 at 2:52 am

        um! Asamoah is several steps above Lemina and Sturaro, Asamoah, is more talented, has more class, and actually makes a difference when subbed in or gets fielded.

        As for Rincon he Brings experience and Grit, something Sturaro, Lemina and Asamoah don’t have.

        Honestly i am not bothered that Lemina is leaving, i would be bothered if Asamoha where to leave, Sturaro really should leave, not just for our sake, but for his sake, No way Sturaro will be in the world cup team, by just playing for us every now and then, Sturaro needs constant first team action, and Sturaro just doesn’t have the Skill and Talent to play for Juve.

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          Basim Khan August 1, 2017 at 6:22 am

          Asamoah has his moments now, and he was wonderful for us back in 2012-14. But since then unfortunately injuries have destroyed his career. We are much stronger team than we were back in 2013-14, players of Asamoah’s calibre just don’t make the cut anymore. And it actually hurts me to say it because I like him so much.

          Now I will defend my opinion on Lemina. He only played 13 games for us in his first season, but did enough to convince the management, who know much more than we do, that he was good enough to play for Juventus. His second season again was damaged by injuries, and when he was fit, he was played out of position because of the lack of depth needed to facilitate the 4-2-3-1. From what I saw, Lemina shined the few instances he played as RCM in his first season, kind of like where Vidal played for his first 3 seasons at Juve. He almost never got to play that role again, instead playing as CDM when Principino was injured at the beginning of last season or as a RW to replace Cuadrado/Alves. I’m not as deluded as most Juve fans think, I actually rate the guy.

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            JuveMarchisio August 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

            I guess you nailed it, he is a good player but he just doesn’t fit in the tactics

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    Jack Handey August 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Lemina never got consistent playing time to show what he is capable of. And he didn’t do enough in the limited time he got to be considered essential. Anyway, this isn’t a big loss, particularly because of Bentancur. I’m very very excited about Bentancur. He’ll challenge Pjanic, Marchisio, and Khedira for a starting place much like Pogba did a few years ago!