Arsenal And Chelsea Preparing Bid For Man United’s Jesse Lingard

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring their fourth goal.

Reuters / Carl Recine

Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly are gearing up for a transfer battle for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, with Antonio Conte ready to make the initial bid.

The versatile attacker has only over a year left on his current contract at Old Trafford and United’s bitter rivals are willing to take advantage of Lingard’s situation.

Arsenal have been keeping a close eye on the 24-year-old’s progress. According to The Sun, Chelsea are now also in the hunt as Conte feels Lingard can perfectly fit in his system at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian’s 3-4-3 formation could see the youngster play as a wing-back or out wide in the Blue’s front line.

Jose Mourinho has mainly deployed Lingard on the right side of attacking midfield, and Conte hopes to see him adapting to his style. As things now stand, the Red Devils may well lose their academy product for free next summer, with no new contract on the cards yet.

Trending Articles:

Manchester United Suffer Final Blow In Antoine Griezmann Pursuit

Premier League Trio To Battle For Italian Sensation Andrea Belotti

Toni Kroos Willing To Leave Real Madrid Under One Condition

Mourinho is believed to be aware of Lingard’s situation and knows he will have to sort out it soon with Chelsea and Arsenal circling around ahead of a busy summer transfer window.

Even though the Englishman has grabbed some important goals in his Old Trafford career, such as in last season’s FA Cup final and the EFL Cup final this term, his long-term future seems in doubt.

However, The Daily Mirror say United are keen to keep hold of the 24-year-old, who is yet to agree a new deal and contract talks could be opened this week. The England international demands a five-year deal but a four-year contract is most likely.

Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his options out wide ahead of next season to provide Victor Moses competition for a place, and Arsenal may need to replace a host of first-team players on the brink of summer exit.


Follow BlameFootball on Twitter and Like on Facebook

Leave a Comment