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How likely is a move to Chelsea or Arsenal for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard?

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The Sun report that both Chelsea and Arsenal are considering a move for Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard as the 24-year-old nears the end of his contract at Old Trafford, with only 15 months remaining on his existing deal. Now, both Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger could look to bring him to their squads.

 

What would he bring to Chelsea or Arsenal?

Antonio Conte is thought to believe that Lingard could figure as either a wing-back or a forward in his 3-4-3 formation which would add much-needed depth and flexibility to compete with the likes of Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, and Pedro. His pace and skill would also suit Arsenal, whilst his good finishing and ability to perform on the big occasions are qualities that are sorely lacking within the Gunners squad at present. His status as an England international will only boost his value further.

Is a move likely?

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Having started only nine of United’s 26 Premier League games so far this season and at a crucial point in his career, it would not be a surprise if he was considering his options with a place in the England squad at stake. With his contract nearing an end, the Red Devils may not be able to hold out for a big fee which may make him available, but equally, it could be a ploy from his agents to hurry the Old Trafford outfit into making an improved offer to their client to tie down his future.

 

Verdict

6/10 – The winger would certainly suit both Chelsea and Arsenal and the opportunity to establish himself in the Premier League as a regular and at the highest level in the Champions League would clearly attract. However, if he cannot earn that regular game time at Old Trafford, neither club from London is likely to fork out big money for his services and Lingard hasn’t shown any signs of wanting to leave the club, so it may just be a tool to negotiate better terms on a new contract with an offer seemingly inevitable.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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