Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning a reunion with Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, who will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June.
Manchester United announced this week that Lingard won’t be at the club next season. The England international spent some of his United career playing under Mourinho, and now the pair could link up together at AS Roma.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Mourinho is interested in bringing Lingard to Italy this summer, with the England international now available as a free agent.
Lingard is not the only player at United to be linked with a move to Roma this summer.
Right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer, but unlike Lingard, he is still under contract at the club.
We reckon there will be some competition for Lingard’s signature this summer — maybe from West Ham and Newcastle — but it would be interesting to see him play in the Serie A. I think a move like that could definitely boost his chances of making the England squad ahead of the World Cup later this year.
Moreover, Mourinho hasn’t been afraid to turn to the Premier League in the transfer window when searching for transfer targets, and Lingard could be next on the list as they look to strengthen the squad after winning the Europa Conference League.
It’s a shame that United will lose Lingard without getting a transfer fee in return, but that is the club’s fault for not trying to cash in on him last summer, knowing he wouldn’t get a lot of game time throughout the 2021/22 campaign.