Jesse Lingard is reportedly on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window.
Attacking midfield is an area in which Gunners manager Mikel Arteta will be looking to bolster before the 2021/22 season, with Martin Odegaard the first-choice target.
The Norway international has impressed since joining on loan from Real Madrid in the January transfer window, but as things stand, he will be returning to Spain at the end of the season.
It remains to seen whether Arsenal can reach an agreement with Los Blancos regarding a permanent deal for Odegaard, although it would appear that back-up plans have been made.
The Gunners would face strong competition for the 28-year-old’s signature from London rivals West Ham United for whom the midfielder has scored eight goals in nine Premier League appearances since sealing a loan move from Manchester United.
However, no option to buy was included in the £3million loan agreement.
Furthermore, Lingard is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of next season which means a decision regarding his future is likely to be made this summer.
And it seems a bid of £30m could be enough to tempt United into a summer deal.
That’s according to the Mirror as the Red Devils appear to have changed their minds on Lingard’s price-tag.
Previous reports claimed that United were initially willing to listen to offers for Lingard in the region of £10m, after extending his contract to protect his value.
But the aforementioned report states United now value their academy graduate at £30m.
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Returning to Man United would likely mean a squad role for Lingard, according to Gary Neville.
“If Jesse wants to play, and you can see he does want to play, then he needs to leave, because he’s not going to play every single week for a Manchester United team that’s competing for second or first place in the league,” the Man United legend has said.
“But if he’s willing to go back there and compete and be the player that Dan James has been for the last few weeks, in and out, then there’s no doubt he can play for Manchester United.”