Jesse Lingard has become a transfer target for Barcelona and AC Milan, with his Manchester United contract expiring at the end of the current season.
The 28-year-old is into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and is yet to sign a new deal, despite the club offering him improved terms.
The England international has rejected the offer because he is concerned over playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and does not feel like assurances have been properly given.
Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham because he wasn’t involved at Old Trafford, and despite performing brilliantly for the Hammers, is still struggling to get into the starting XI under Solskjaer.
The midfielder has made just three Premier League appearance so far this season, all from the bench, and despite scoring in two of those games is still not expected to play regularly.
His stance on a new contract has alerted plenty of attention, with West Ham and newly-monied Newcastle United likely to be interested, while there is attention coming from a pair of European giants.
ESPN report that both Barcelona and AC Milan would be keen to pick up Lingard on a free transfer next summer when his Manchester United contract comes to an end.
Clubs outside of England will be free to negotiate with Lingard from 1 January, with a free transfer in mind in the summer.
Barcelona are continuing to go through terrible financial trouble and the chance to pick up an established international player on a free transfer could prove unmissable for them.
However, wherever Lingard signs he would be looking for the same reassurances he has asked for at Manchester United, with first team football his priority.
Source : metro