Watford will turn their attention to another box-to-box midfielder after Juventus confirmed Mario Lemina is staying in Turin.
The Hornets made the Gabon international their primary target when compiling their shortlist of midfielders and were prepared to make an ambitious bid to sign the 22-year-old. Arsenal and Schalke were also keen on the midfielder who Juventus value at £20m. The Gunners reportedly made a bid of £16m, which was rejected.
“[Mario] Lemina is a welcome confirmation, high-level teams asked for him, but he’s an important element for us, a great prospect in whom we strongly believe,” said Juventus’ CEO Giuseppe Marotta.