Reuters / Giorgio Perottino

Stoke Metropolis is trying to strengthen its midfield with the signing of Mario Lemina, sources advised Sky Sports activities Information’ Jim White.

The Potters have not had a lot luck of their rumoured curiosity in Manchester Metropolis‘s Fabian Delph, so at the moment are apparently eyeing up the Juventus midfielder for round £15 million.

Both that, or Mark Hughes’ aspect is making an attempt to awaken Metropolis and Delph into reaching an settlement for his sale.

Lemina, 23, represents Gabon with Borussia Dortmund marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and surfaced from the Lorient academy earlier than ending up at Juventus by way of Marseille in 2015. Though he is typically characterised as a defensively-minded midfielder, his tendency to dribble and attempt to unleash probing balls ahead are traits extra befitting of a field-to-field operator.

Stoke has already added Darren Fletcher to its midfield ranks after he left West Bromwich Albion, however Lemina would possible characterize a direct alternative for Giannelli Imbula, who hasn’t settled in Staffordshire since his £18.three-million transfer from FC Porto in February 2016.

Stoke finishes off its pre-season commitments with a pleasant at RB Leipzig on Saturday, earlier than starting the brand new Premier League time period with a visit to Everton on Aug. 12.