Manchester United are reportedly set to sanction the sale of one of their stars in January, with two European giants showing up as suitors.
United will enter a new era when Ed Woodward steps down as CEO later this year. But they prepare their transfer activities well in advance to ensure a smooth transition. One of the first issues the new manager has to deal with is expiring contracts.
Paul Pogba ended his deal at the end of the season. And his teammate too Jesse Lingard.
According to eyefootball, the Red Devils are ready to let Lingard go when the transfer window reopens in early 2022.
The England international is still unsatisfied with his situation at Old Trafford and will not sign a new contract. United will therefore cash in before making a free exit next summer.
A separate one Metro report claims the 28-year-old has become a target for AC Milan and Barcelona.
Barca are drawn to the prospect of a free transfer. Due to their poor financial situation, they are currently practically limited to these businesses.
And unlike teams in England, the Catalan giants and the Italian team will be able to negotiate a move with Lingard free of charge from January.
This new interest is perhaps why United are now looking to sell the attacking midfielder instead of allowing it to.
For Lingard, all he’s looking for is regular first-team football, as he loaned it to West Ham last season.
Its price has Reportedly set at £ 15 million. This is an enticing fee to many, including the Newcastle’s new financial power club.
The Hammers will likely be in the mix too. If he doesn’t sign a new deal with United in the coming weeks, expect all-out war in the winter window.
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Lingard opens up to fights
In one open interview with The Players Tribune, Lingard has spoken about being frozen at Old Trafford last season.
“From that point on, I couldn’t go back to where I had been. I struggled both mentally and physically, ”he said.
“My family kept coming to games, but they couldn’t even watch me. They said, ‘You are not. That’s not your aura. ‘ Games passed me by like I wasn’t there. Like a ghost.
“I love football. Love it to death. But there were times when I thought, ‘I just can’t do this anymore’.”
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