In what would surely rank as one of the biggest surprises of any transfer window, let alone this one, Tottenham are supposedly interested in signing Manchester United star Jesse Lingard.
The England international’s form at Old Trafford has fallen through the roof over the past couple of seasons, with just nine goals in 76 games for the Red Devils across all competitions – not exactly the record of someone who has predominantly played as an attacking midfielder.
But according to ESPN, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen on a reunion with the £100k-a-week earning ace, and has asked Daniel Levy to see whether a deal can be struck with their Premier League counterparts.
The report adds that Lingard is open to a move away from Old Trafford to secure more first-team football, and that discussions between intermediaries are already under way.
Whilst the United ace has struggled big-time in recent times, he was once considered one of the bright hopes of United’s long-term future, with former coach Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen even saying “he was always the English version of Iniesta”.
In fact, Mourinho himself said back in 2018: “One thing is to be a young talent, another thing is to be a very good player. Some players are not capable of that jump. They go from great potential to normal players. Lingard is giving that jump. He is more consistent, he is adaptable, he understands better the game, he is going in a good direction.”
Mourinho perhaps feels that he holds the key to reviving Lingard’s career.