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Jesse Lingard's Agent Looking for January Loan Exit From Manchester United

Tom Gott
Jesse Lingard has been out in the cold this year
Jesse Lingard has been out in the cold this year / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images
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The representatives of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard are looking for clubs to take the Englishman on loan for the remainder of the season.

Lingard, whose contract expires in June 2021, has managed just two appearances in the Carabao Cup this season and has failed to make United's matchday squad for 12 of their 15 games in both the Premier League and Champions League.

Lingard's only start of the season came against Luton
Lingard's only start of the season came against Luton / CATHERINE IVILL/Getty Images

United are expected to trigger a one-year extension in Lingard's contract to prevent him from walking away for free, but that is not guaranteed to lead to more minutes for the 27-year-old, who is instead expected to seal a move away from the club in January.

According to Sky Sports News, Lingard's agents are already on the case and are looking for a club to take him on for the remainder of the season, and talks have already been held with Spanish side Real Sociedad.

It is not clear whether Sociedad, who sit second in La Liga, are actually keen on striking a loan move for Lingard. They do already have plenty of players in his position, including former United wonderkid Adnan Januzaj and Manchester City legend David Silva.

Silva left City in the summer
Silva left City in the summer / Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Talks have also been held with a number of other sides across Europe, with Lingard's representatives keen to explore all options for the midfielder.

There are no other sides mentioned in this report, although Celtic, Rangers and Leicester City have all been linked with a move for Lingard in recent months.

While selling Lingard permanently might seem like the preferable thing for United to do in January, the Red Devils are unlikely to find anyone willing to pay up for a high-earning midfielder who has started a Premier League game since January 1, 2020.

United found themselves in a similar situation with Alexis Sanchez, whose wages were admittedly far greater than Lingard's. With no permanent buyers to be found, they opted to send him out on loan to Inter in 2019, and the Italian side were so impressed that they brought the Chilean back on a permanent basis this summer.

The hope would be that Lingard heads out on loan and proves his value as a top-flight footballer, which may well encourage bids for the Englishman next summer.


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