Talks are underway between Jesse Lingard’s represenatives and Tottenham over a transfer this summer, according to ESPN.

They report that former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on a reunion with the midfielder in north London.

That said, Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg are apparently also keen on the Englishman, which could spark a transfer tussle.

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The report says that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to keep Lingard.

Apparently, the Red Devils boss has offered Lingard assurances he will get gametime further down the line during a busy season.

But Lingard is considering an exit because he feels he needs to be playing regularly at this stage of his career.

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Perhaps Tottenham are eyeing a cut-price deal for Lingard because he has under a year left on his current United contract.

Although the Sun report that United are considering triggering their option to extend it by a year, in order to preserve Lingard’s value.

That would chime with the idea that Solskjaer wants to keep Lingard.

Although in a summer where United are struggling to shift their deadwood and Donny van de Beek’s arrival has shunted Lingard even further down the pecking order, it’s this writer’s view that they should take the chance to move the 27-year-old on.

That would help Lingard play more often, giving him a fresh start while allowing United to recoup some cash for a player with a dwindling contract.

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