Barcelona and AC Milan lead the race to sign Manchester United star in free transfer
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Barcelona and AC Milan are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, The Daily Mail reports. The Englishman’s current contract expires next summer, leaving him available on a free transfer.
Lingard graduated from Manchester United’s academy, moving up from one age category to the next. He was then sent on loan multiple times to clubs like Leicester City and Derby County before making his first-team debut in 2014.
Since then, Lingard has played 216 games for Manchester United, scoring 35 goals and assisting 21 more. While the numbers are not overly impressive, the 28-year-old is still an immensely talented midfielder.
Barcelona’s rumored interest in Lingard doesn’t seem to add up entirely. While the BlaugranaThe economic situation has led them to pursue free transfers, it should also be noted that they are already stacked in the midfield.
Barcelona currently has players like Pedri, Pablo Gavi, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets. The Catalans also have Riqui Puig and Sergi Roberto as options on the bench. As a result, it’s hard to see how another midfielder in Jesse Lingard would fit into Barcelona’s plans.
AC Milan, meanwhile, could use reinforcements in midfield next summer. The Rossoneri lost Hakan Calhonoglu to rival Inter Milan this summer. Milan have also failed to reach an agreement to extend Frank Kessie’s contract, which will expire next summer.
This season, the club has relied on young Brahim Diaz for creative midfield. While Diaz has put in some impressive performances, it’s worth noting that he also joined AC Milan on loan from Real Madrid until 2023. Hiring Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard could bolster his midfield ahead of the 2022-23 season.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona or AC Milan will get Lingard signed.
How has Barcelona’s goal Jesse Lingard fared for Manchester United this season?
Despite speculation about his contract status, Lingard has proven extremely helpful for Manchester United this season.
The Englishman, who impressed while on loan to West Ham United last season, returned to Old Trafford in an attempt to regain his place in the starting eleven. However, Lingard has had trouble doing that due to the presence of Bruno Fernandes. Instead, he has operated as a super-sub to provide the Red Devils with energy and creativity in the later parts of games.
Lingard has made six appearances for Manchester United this season and has recorded two goals and one assist. The numbers are pretty impressive considering he’s only started one of those games.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be a fan of Lingard. However, recent reports have suggested that the midfielder turned down a contract renewal offer from the Red Devils last month. As things stand, Lingard can start negotiating a free transfer with other clubs from January.
Barcelona and AC Milan in particular will follow the situation closely.
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