Formerly Rangers-linked England international Jesse Lingard is now reportedly attracting attention from Barcelona and AC Milan [ESPN].
Back in December 2020, TEAMtalk reported that both the Gers and Celtic were considering swooping for the Man United attacker.
Lingard had slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford and was looking for a loan move.
The report was met with a mixture of derision and disbelief from Bears, many of whom suggested that even if Rangers could afford his wages, he wouldn’t make much of an impact at Ibrox.
He would eventually secure a short-term loan exit but remain in the Premier League, joining West Ham until the end of the 2020/21 campaign, and he was exceptional in East London.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals and registered five assists in 16 appearances for the Hammers, earning himself an England recall and convincing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep him around for the 2021/22 season.
He’s scored twice and notched one assist so far but has been restricted mainly to substitute roles and it’s thought that he could leave United for good in the summer.
As he’s in the final year of his contract, Lingard is free to enter talks with overseas clubs from 1 January and ESPN reports that both Barcelona and AC Milan are interested.
It’s claimed that they are just two of a ‘host’ of clubs monitoring his situation and that – after rejecting a first offer of a new deal from United – Lingard is open to moving to either Spain or Italy.
In less than a year, Lingard has gone from a ridiculed figure that Rangers fans wanted nothing to do with, to a player brimming with confidence and attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs in mainland Europe.
What a turnaround.