Arsenal are understood to be one of the contenders to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United when the transfer window reopens, according to The Athletic.
The Gunners were able to win three top-flight games on the bounce before the Premier League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there will still be disappointment among the fans over how the season has paved out.
The north London side have shown an improvement in the displays following Mikel Arteta’s managerial appointment in late December but the club are still playing catch up in the Champions League race with 10 matches left.
There has been no indication when the campaign will resume amid the COVID-19 threat, but that has not ceased the speculation over possible candidates, who could join the club ahead of next season.
In a recent article from The Athletic, it is claimed that the Gunners are unlikely to re-sign Daniel Ceballos following the loan stint, given they won’t be able to afford the £40m asking price set by Real Madrid.
It is added that Lingard could emerge as a possible replacement for the Spain international and it is hard to ‘rule out’ the club’s prospects of signing the 27-year-old.
Ceballos has primarily played as a central midfielder for the Gunners and under Arteta, he has been utilised in a more defensive-minded role, which was visible against West Ham United last month.
In such a case, Lingard can’t be regarded as a like-for-like replacement for the Spaniard, given he has been more playing time in an attacking midfield position in recent years.
Irrespective of this, a move for the England international does not make much sense, considering he has barely been a creative presence for the Red Devils in the Premier League.
In fact, he has made no goalscoring contributions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the top-flight since the beginning of 2019 and that has dropped him down the selection order at Old Trafford.
The Gunners will definitely want a replacement for Mesut Ozil for the number 10 role with his contract expiring in 15 months’ time, but they should stay away from any approach for Lingard despite his recent scoring record at the Emirates Stadium.