Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that rumoured Tottenham target Jesse Lingard could leave Manchester United this week even though negotiations regarding his transfer have not reached an advanced stage.
ESPN reported last week that Spurs were one of a number of clubs from across the Premier League and Europe to register an interest in Lingard, who was said to be keen on a move away from United so that he could get regular first team football.
It is not the first time that Spurs have linked with a move for the Man Utd midfielder, with reports back in September suggesting that Jose Mourinho wanted to bring Lingard to North London as a replacement for Dele Alli.
Romano revealed that there has been speculation suggesting AC Milan and Inter Milan have been offered the opportunity to sign him. However, the journalist did not mention Spurs as a potential suitor for the 28-year-old.
Speaking to UnitedPeoplesTV, Romano said: “There is something around always with clubs like Sheffield and many others interested in Lingard and ready to give him a chance of playing and then next summer moving to a top club.
“Here in Italy, we have a lot of rumours about Lingard being offered to AC Milan and offered to Inter Milan, so a lot of clubs are interested, but at the moment 100% he is not coming to Italy and there is nothing advanced yet with English clubs.
“I think it is a typical opportunity for the last week, in the last week we will see if some clubs arrive, will make a proposal, will talk with the agent because at the moment there is nothing advanced. But having a player like Lingard available on the market and ready to leave the club, if some opportunity will be in the coming days, for then he will go on.”
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The speculation linking Lingard to Spurs never made much sense to begin with. Even if Mourinho wanted him to get him in as a replacement for Dele (if he leaves), the Manchester United man is certainly not going to get regular minutes at Spurs. If Lingard leaves United, it will be to a mid to lower table club.
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