Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has reportedly been offered to Serie A clubs AC Milan, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli by Mino Raiola
According to transfer expert Ian McGarry on the Transfer Window Podcast, as carried out by Daily Express, Mino Raiola has offered his latest client, Jesse Lingard to a quartet of Serie A clubs. The likes of AC Milan, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli have the chance of securing the services of the Manchester United forward.
Jesse Lingard has seen his career spiralling downwards since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. While there has been no shortage of game time for the English international at Manchester United, the goals and assists have dried up considerably.
In fact, Lingard failed to either score or assist a Premier League goal in all of 2019.This season, in 27 appearances across all competitions, the 27-year-old has just a solitary goal and as assist to show for his efforts for Manchester United. His tenacity and pressing abilities can only take him so far, which is why Andreas Pereira has usurped him in the pecking order.
Reports have suggested that Solskjaer is open to the idea of parting ways with Lingard if the right offer comes their way, especially with Bruno Fernandes tipped to complete a move to Manchester United this January. And, in the wake of the player appointing Mino Raiola as his new agent, speculation surrounding his future has only grown like wildfire.
It now emerges that Raiola has offered the Manchester United forward to four Serie A giants. On the Transfer Window Podcast (h/t Daily Express), Ian McGarry has claimed that Raiola has taken little time in offering Lingard to AC Milan, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli.
AC Milan have been in a spot of bother for quite some time, and with Hakan Calhanoglu reportedly linked with a departure from San Siro, Lingard could emerge as a viable replacement. As for AS Roma, Nicolo Zaniolo has seen his season come to a premature end due to a knee injury, and with Henrikh Mkhitaryan also sidelined with injury, Lingard could be an option worth scouring for.
As for Inter Milan, a move for Lingard might not make sense, with Antonio Conte having a stacked midfield at his disposal. With Christian Eriksen also a target, Lingard is unlikely to be an option. Napoli, too, are unlikely to have a need for Lingard in the system Gennaro Gattuso employs, with plenty of wide men available to him.
As for a possible price tag, it was previously reported that Manchester United value Lingard at around £40 million when he was linked as part of a player-plus-cash deal for James Maddison. It will be interesting to see if any of the courted Serie A clubs are ready to part with such a sum.
In McGarry also said that a summer move is likelier, although the possibility of a January transfer cannot be ruled out either. It now remains to be seen if the Serie A quartet show any interest in Lingard, with Mino Raiola offering him a way out of Manchester United.