Reports have indicated that Manchester United are set to sanction the January sale of one of their stars with two European giants emerging as contenders.
United will enter a new era when Ed Woodward steps down as CEO later this year. But they prepare their transfer activity well in advance to ensure a smooth transition. One of the first issues the new manager will face is the expiration of contracts.
Paul pogba his contract expires 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 not happy with his situation at Old Trafford and will not sign a new deal. United will therefore cash before their free departure next summer.
A separate 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. Their dire financial situation means that they are virtually limited to these transactions at present.
And unlike the English teams, the Catalan giants and the Italian team will be able to negotiate a free transfer with Lingard from January.
Perhaps this newfound interest is why United are now keen to sell the attacking midfielder instead of allowing it to happen.
For Lingard, all he is looking for is regular first-team football, as he received during his loan spell at West Ham last season.
Its price has was reportedly set at £ 15million. It’s a tempting prize for many, including the Newcastle’s new financial powerhouse.
The Hammers will likely be there as well. 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 on struggles
In a candid interview with The Players Tribune, Lingard has spoken of being frozen at Old Trafford last season.
“From that point on, I couldn’t go back to where I was. I was struggling both mentally and physically, ”he said.
“My family kept coming to the games, but they couldn’t even watch me. They were like, ‘It’s not you. It is not your aura. The games played me like I wasn’t there. Like a ghost.
“I love football. Love it to death. But there were times when I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore’.
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