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Arsenal and Chelsea will face each other in securing the services of Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard in the summer transfer window.
Antonio Conte’s side already have world class signing in the attacking midfielder but the former Juventus manager is keen strengthening his squad by securing the signature of Lingard, according to The Sun.
United have an overcrowded attack and he’s deemed surplus to requirement and some sources reveals they’re willing to hold onto the 24-year-old star and are going to hold talks with him over a new deal this week. Even Spurs are interested in luring the talented attacker (via Mirror).
Lingard is the man for the big games. He helped his side win the FA Cup last season by netting the decisive goal in the Final. The England international was again on target as the Old Trafford club defeated Southampton in the EFL Cup Final last month.
Jesse’s contract will expire in 2018 and he is currently rated around 21.3 million euros ($23million) as per CIES Football Observatory.
He can play anywhere in the attacking third and needs regular football to progress. This season, Lingard has only started 15 league games for the Red Devils and directly contributed in 7 goals.
Even if he moves to Chelsea, he will most likely start behind stars like Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Therefore, signing for the Stamford Bridge club may not be such a good idea for him. For Conte, Lingard could be the perfect man to make an impact from the Bench.