Manchester United have slapped a £30million price tag on Jesse Lingard amid interest from Arsenal, reports say. The England international has struggled for form this season, failing to register a single Premier League goal or assist in over a year. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to let the 27-year-old go when the transfer window reopens this summer.
Manchester United star Lingard is a product of the club’s academy and was a key player during Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford.
However, the England international has struggled over the last 12 months, falling down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order in the process.
United are open to letting Lingard go at the end of the season and Arsenal have emerged as a potential destination.
And the Metro say United have slapped a price of £30m on Lingard – but the player himself would prefer to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place.
Lingard recently revealed that issues in his personal life had impacted him and that United were well aware of that.
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But the 27-year-old’s struggles, coupled with the signing of Bruno Fernandes, may see him shown the door this summer.
Arsenal are surprising frontrunners in the race to sign him, with Mikel Arteta primed to hunt a new midfielder to replace Dani Ceballos.
Ceballos’ loan spell at the Emirates expires at the end of the season and he’d rather return to Real Madrid than stay in north London.
And Arsenal and United have had successful transfer dealings with each other in the past, particularly over the last decade.
Robin van Persie swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012 and propelled the Red Devils to the Premier League title the following year.
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Danny Welbeck moved from United to Arsenal in 2014 after being deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal.
And, in January 2018, United and Arsenal did a sensational swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher recently hit out at Lingard for his decision to link up with Mino Raiola.
The agent has angered the Red Devils this season with his repeated criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s handling of Paul Pogba.
And Carragher said: “Raiola is not likeable, but he is successful. The flip side of that is he provokes negative headlines.
“Those who choose to work with him – Jesse Lingard the most recent to join his circle – evidently believe that is a price worth paying.
“I have to admit I struggle with that.
“I find it staggering a player would sign up with an agent so openly critical of his club’s manager.”
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