AC Milan were linked with a move for Manchester United playmaker Jesse Lingard but chose not to pursue him, and they may now regret that.
Lingard was heavily linked with an exit from United during the last summer transfer window after a 2019-20 season in which he massively struggled for form, scoring just once in the Premier League and that being in the final game of the season.
Calciomercato.com reported how Milan were in fact offered the chance to sign the English attacking midfielder, but the management declined the opportunity.
Now, MilanLive are reporting that in the end no concrete attempt was made by the Milan management because of his unconvincing physical-athletic condition, as he had suffered with a number of muscle problems in the months preceding the offer.
Since joining West Ham in January, Lingard has seven league goals for the Hammers – nobody has scored more in that period – and has also contributed four assists, meaning he’s been involved in 12 goals in nine appearances.
According to reports from ESPN, Lingard’s name is attracting the interest of PSG, Real Madrid and even Inter. On 31 May it seems likely that Lingard will leave London to return to Manchester United, but only in passing. His current value would be around €15m with his contract expiring in June 2022, but it cannot be excluded that an auction could be triggered if he extends.