Barcelona i AC Milan are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, according to reports from The Daily Mail. The Englishman’s current contract expires next summer, making it available with a free transfer.
Lingard graduated from Manchester United Academy, rising from one age category to another. He was then sent on loan to clubs including Leicester City and Derby County several times before making his first-team debut in 2014.
Since then, Lingard has played 216 games for Manchester United, scoring 35 goals and helping 21 more. Although the numbers are not overly impressive, the 28-year-old is still an extremely talented midfielder.
The rumors about Barcelona about Lingard do not seem to fit in completely. While it is BlaugranaTheir financial situation has led them to chase free transfers, it is also worth noting that they are already stacked in the midfield.
Barcelona currently boasts like Pedri, Pablo Gavi, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets. The Catalans also have Riqui Puig and Sergio Robert on the bench. That’s why it’s hard to see how another midfielder Jesse Lingard would fit into Barcelona’s plans.
AC Milan, on the other hand, could step up reinforcements in midfield next summer. The Rossoneri lost Hakan Calhonoglu to rivals Milan this summer. Milan also did not reach an agreement on the extension of Frank Kessie’s contract, which should expire next summer.
This season the club depended on youngster Brahim Diaz in a creative environment. Although Diaz has achieved impressive performance, it is worth noting that he also joined AC Milan on loan from Real Madrid until 2023. The signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United could strengthen their midfield before the 2022-23 season.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona or AC Milan will secure Lingard’s signature.
How did Barcelona target Jesse Lingard this season for Manchester United?
Despite speculation about his contractual situation, Lingard has proven extremely useful for Manchester United this season.
The Englishman, who was on loan at West Ham United last season, returned to Old Trafford in an attempt to regain his place in the starting XI. However, Lingard tried to do so due to the presence of Bruno Fernandez. Instead, he acted as a super-submarine to give the Red Devils energy and creativity in the final parts of the games.
Lingard has made six appearances for Manchester United this season, scoring two goals and an assist. The numbers are pretty impressive considering that only one of those matches started.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly a Lingard fan. However, recent reports suggest the midfielder turned down an offer to extend his contract from the Red Devils last month. As things stand, Lingard can start free transfer negotiations with other clubs from January onwards.
Barcelona and Milan will follow the situation especially closely.