Former Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard could snub interest from the Premier League and elsewhere in Europe for a sensational switch to the MLS this summer. Lingard has yet to choose on his future as he ponders one of the best destination for minutes ahead of the winter World Cup.
The 29-year-old, who may also play as a winger, left United as a free agent on July 1 after his contract expired. He was widely tipped to depart Old Trafford last summer but opted to remain and fight for his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Nevertheless, he made just two Premier League starts all season and lost his place in Gareth Southgate’s England plans. Now he’s trying to find a everlasting move in an try to boost his faint hopes of a spot on the plane to Qatar and could possibly be considering a rogue option.
In accordance with ESPN, Lingard is about to travel to america for talks over a possible switch to Major League Soccer this summer. MLS clubs have registered an interest in his signature, and it seems he’s willing to take heed to pitches ahead of deciding where his future lies.
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The report states that two MLS suitors are within the race to sign him and are able to lay ‘ground-breaking deals’ on the table for him and his representatives to contemplate. They join Everton and West Ham United in pursuit, with the 2 Premier League outfits already holding talks over a free transfer.
Tottenham Hotspur are also understood to be all in favour of Lingard’s services as Antonio Conte eyes a latest playmaker for his first full season as head coach. Serie A champions AC Milan and La Liga giants Barcelona were involved earlier this summer, but their interest can have faded in recent weeks.
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The crucial factor behind Lingard’s decision shall be whatever move gives him one of the best likelihood of reclaiming Southgate’s attention, as unlikely as a late inclusion could be. And while he could be guaranteed game time within the MLS, it will be quite the shock move, given it’s unlikely to tempt the England manager to choose him over those operating in Europe’s top leagues.
The MLS has change into a welcoming home for players to spend the twilight years of their profession earning a hefty paycheck and living a lavish lifestyle in an exciting competition with passionate fans. This summer, america has already welcomed iconic pair Giorgio Chiellini and Gareth Bale – each joining LAFC. Could Lingard be the following high-profile arrival?