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Raiola involved as Man Utd step up efforts to offload Solskjaer outcast

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has been offered to AC Milan as speculation about his Old Trafford future grows, according to a report.

Lingard has struggled for game time this season, with Bruno Fernandes‘ arrival pushing him down the pecking order.

Indeed, after featuring in most Premier League games until January, he did not feature in nine of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final 17 matchday squads.

Solskjaer told a press conference on Tuesday that Lingard’s performances in training have impressed him. The Englishman has translated the hard work into two goals in his last two games.

However, The Guardian have claimed Solskjaer still feels he is “surplus to requirements” at Old Trafford.

As such, Tuttosport (via Milan News) now claims Milan have been offered the chance to sign Lingard. The England international’s agent, Mino Raiola could be steering the move.

Raiola has a large influence at Milan, representing captain Alessio Romagnoli among others.

 

 

The latest report comes after previous claims that West Brom, Leicester and West Ham are keen on Lingard. His future has come under further scrutiny given he only has one year left on his contract.

United though do have the option to extend that by another year.

Lingard’s decline has coincided with Fernandes’ stunning arrival into Solskjaer’s team. The Portugal international has revamped the midfield and was largely responsible for United’s top-four charge.

SCHOLES BACKS MAN UTD TO SELL LINGARD

Meanwhile, United legend Paul Scholes thinks United would be better off offloading Lingard this summer.

He said: “I’m not totally sure [on Lingard]. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer.

“Lately he hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to go on to win the league and the big trophies at Man United? I’m not sure he is. I know he scored in the last couple of games.”

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