Unique – Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard is a target for La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
The 28-year-old is again at Outdated Trafford after having fun with a vastly profitable mortgage spell at West Ham, the place he bagged 9 objectives in 16 appearances to assist David Moyes’ aspect end sixth within the Premier League and qualify for the Europa League.
That red-hot interval of kind earned Lingard a recall to Gareth Southgate’s preliminary England squad for Euro 2020, though he was in the end one in every of seven gamers lower from the Three Lions’ ultimate 26-man get together.
His future has been the bone of competition for numerous weeks, with many West Ham supporters clamouring for him to return to the London Stadium on a everlasting foundation. However 90min has discovered that Atletico, who’re the reigning La Liga champions after keeping off Barcelona and Actual Madrid in a hotly contested title race final season, have made their curiosity identified.
Atletico aren’t any strangers to having English expertise on their books as they at the moment have Kieran Trippier amongst their ranks. Coincidentally, he’s a switch goal for United this summer season, and the 2 golf equipment have been in talks all through the summer season for not simply him, however goalkeepers Jan Oblak and David de Gea as effectively.
In concept, a Lingard for Trippier change could possibly be facilitated, though it is 90min’s understanding that the concept will not be at the moment one thing that has been mentioned.
United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his place clear on Lingard and he’s completely happy for him to go away the membership, believing he has higher choices – notably with Jadon Sancho’s imminent arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
The Crimson Devils are asking for greater than £25m for Lingard – who has only a 12 months left to run on his contract – which has delay West Ham from making a bid. The Hammers could be completely happy to take him on mortgage once more, however the United academy graduate desires a everlasting deal.
Lingard has instructed his representatives to discover choices overseas, and that’s how Atletico’s curiosity has come about. Supervisor Diego Simeone is believed to be a giant fan of Lingard, who confirmed
he’s greater than able to excessive depth working and urgent all through his mortgage spell at West Ham.
These traits appeals to Atleti’s chief, whereas Lingard can be a flexible operator positionally – in a position to play off each flanks in addition to in behind a central striker.