Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard could reportedly be set for a January loan exit from Old Trafford after holding talks with Spanish outfit Real Sociedad over a short-term deal.
Jesse has not made a single appearance in the UEFA Champions League or Premier League so far this season, despite being named in Manchester United’s rosters for both competitions.
The Englishman has only made it onto the bench for two top-flight matches, while his senior team appearances have been limited to two in the Carabao Cup, and only one of those games was from the start.
There was talk during the summer of an exit, with discussions held between Lingard’s agents and a number of English clubs.
Sports TV channel Sky Sports reports that further discussions have been held with Real Sociedad and now a loan transfer in January looks likely as he looks for playing time.
The 27-year-old star was a regular in the England side in 2018 as the Three Lions made a remarkable run to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup but is a long way from international selection now.
He’ll hope that an impressive six months on loan could force his way into manager Gareth Southgate’s plans for the European Championships next year.
Lingard is out of contract at the club next summer and although the club have the option to renew it by a further year, it’d be surprising to see his Old Trafford career extend beyond 2021.