Four Premier League clubs Jesse Lingard could join as star determined to leave Man Utd | Soccer | sport
Jesse Lingard has decided he will leave Manchester United permanently this summer after being snubbed by Ralf Rangnick in the Red Devils’ 3-0 win over Brentford on Monday, according to reports. England star Lingard saw Edinson Cavani, Fred and Phil Jones all used as substitutes ahead of him.
Rangnick’s failure to use the attacking midfielder added to the player’s frustration, according to the shimmer. Lingard is apparently fed up with the lack of playing time, having played just 16 times in the Premier League this season.
The 29-year-old’s contract expires this summer and he will be one of the few top free agents with clubs hoping for a summer bargain. sports express looks at four of United’s top rivals who can profit from their inability to use Lingard.
Oil-rich Newcastle came close to signing Lingard in January. United caretaker boss Rangnick had apparently gone so far as to give his blessing to the academy graduate’s departure.
But it was at a time when the fury of Premier League clubs over the takeover of Newcastle last October remained high. The rivals were unwilling to make deals with the Magpies, who ended up spending £80million during the winter window.
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It was a loan spell with the Hammers that revived Lingard’s career in England and the Premier League. He scored nine goals in 16 appearances during a temporary move to the London Stadium in the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
The 32-time Three Lions ace played a key role in helping David Moyes’ side qualify for the Europa League. He could watch with some regret as West Ham take on Eintracht Frankfurt in their semi-final second leg clash on Thursday.
Moyes was keen for Lingard to be signed on a permanent deal, but United ruled them out of a move. Lingard also wanted to test himself at Old Trafford, but his renewed position could see him return to East London.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard has high hopes of retaining Philippe Coutinho this summer. The Brazilian will return to Barcelona having rekindled his reputation as the best attacking midfielder, having scored four goals and assisted two more in the Premier League since January.
However, if the Villans can’t agree a fee with Barca, turning their attention to Lingard would provide them with a great alternative. There are unlikely to be many better free agents available for a club of Villa’s stature.
Lingard would be given a free role behind Villa’s two forwards in Gerrard’s preferred diamond midfield formation.