Leicester are lining up a bid for Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard, according to Football.London‘s Chris Wheatley.
The reliable journalist claims that the Foxes are interested in signing the England international as a potential replacement for playmaker James Maddison:
Arsenal still someway apart from Leicester’s valuation of James Maddison.
Focus now is bringing in a back-up GK and creative midfielder, with #AFC also exploring cheaper JM alternatives.
Kolasinac & Torreira among the players Arteta wants to sell.https://t.co/qOeGkiOqHX
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 9, 2021
As Wheatley points out, Arsenal are interested in snapping up Maddison but the Gunners are still struggling to match Leicester’s £60m asking price. That would suggest an approach for Lingard is still some way off.
The 28-year-old revived his career during a loan spell at West Ham in the second half of last season, and United are said to value the player at £30m, despite the fact he has less than a year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.
Lingard is said to be happy to remain in Manchester but, if a sizeable offer does come in for the midfielder before the transfer window closes, the Red Devils may well look to offload him.