The transfer window may be closed for incoming players in England, but there’s still plenty of time for them to depart around Europe.
That window doesn’t close until the end of the month, and while it leaves some clubs exposed, it also means players have an extra opportunity to find themselves a move.
Mario Lemina is one such player. The midfielder is out of favour at Southampton and has been linked with a move all summer.
There was some interest in the Premier League, but that never materialised, and he must now instead look at Europe as his escape route.
A return to France is one possible option, and it now seems Monaco could provide him with that opportunity.
France Football report today that the Ligue 1 club are looking to sign players after a disappointing start to the season and adding a midfielder is part of their plans.
Their main priority is to try and re-sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea, but if they can’t get a deal for him done, they will instead turn their interest to Lemina.
France Football say the idea of signing Lemina has grown in recent days and Monaco have the finances to sign him permanently.
They believe he would cost around €15m, which, if true, would probably be acceptable to Southampton as it would give them back most of the £15m they paid Juventus for him back in 2017.