The Daily Mail have claimed that Everton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard this summer, but do not only face competition from north London for the England international.
Lingard, 27, has completed 90 minutes just five times for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. In all competitions, Lingard has played 35 times in all competitions, scoring just two goals.
But he is clearly on the fringes of the squad. The 24-time England international has started just 18 of his 35 outings, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 campaign, the race is hotting up to nab Lingard’s signature.
Arsenal are said to be keen but the latest report from The Mail claims Everton are also interested in landing the former Birmingham City loanee. Roma want to take Lingard to Italy, while Atletico Madrid want to sign the £30million-rated ace.
TBR’s view – Everton should consider past transfers, and ignore Lingard
Everton have become renowned for signing out-of-favour players from the Premier League’s biggest sides. Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi have both joined the club in recent years from Arsenal, while Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United.
All three have struggled to have a lasting impact in the Everton side and although all three remain in Carlo Ancelotti’s side, they are certainly flexible this summer if clubs become interested. Lingard would be another example of that.