Sheffield United’s hopes of landing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United are looking increasingly unlikely, with Inter Milan now said to be in the hunt.
The Mirror claims that Antonio Conte is keen on bringing Lingard to the Serie A club on loan following the success of a number of former Man U players in the Inter ranks.
Romelu Lukaku, Mateo Darmian, Ashley Young, and Alexis Sanchez all enjoying success with the Italian giants. Conte, then, apparently sees Lingard as another who can make an impact with the club.
Lingard is said to be one of the top targets for Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder this January. Although his high wages at Man United may be an issue, it is thought a loan deal could be sanctioned by the Blades.
But the England international did play for the Red Devils yesterday, while other clubs like Newcastle and West Ham are also said to be keen.
Always a difficult one, it now looks even harder
The issue Sheffield United have in this window is we aren’t exactly in the most appealing position for players to want to come and strut their stuff.
Bottom of the league, without a Premier League win, and not playing the football we became accustomed to seeing last season, it’s easy to see why players might have reservations about coming to The Lane.
That, coupled with interest from giants of the game like Inter, doesn’t help our cause at all.
Lingard was always going to be a hard deal to get over the line. It no looks even more difficult.