Jesse Lingard in talks to join Wayne Rooney at DC United in MLS | Football

Jesse Lingard in talks to join Wayne Rooney at DC United in MLS | Football
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Wayne Rooney has returned to MLS with DC United (Picture: Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney’s DC United are in talks over a huge move to take Jesse Lingard to MLS after his release from Manchester United.

The 29-year-old left the Red Devils at the end of the season when his contract expired and has been linked with a wide range of clubs.

The England international has plenty of options in Europe, most notably his former loan side West Ham, but has also been touted as a signing for the likes of Newcastle, Roma and Everton.

Now the Athletic report that Lingard could be tempted to move to the States and talks are ongoing between his representatives and the American club which Rooney has just taken over as manager.

Given that he is available on a free transfer, the former Manchester United man has been asking for big wages, thought to be around £150,000-a-week, which has already made a deal in Europe hard to come by.


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It would be an enormous investment for DC United to make, it would also not do Lingard any favours as he bids to make it into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

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Jesse Lingard may harm his international chances by moving to America (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills thinks Lingard has over-valued himself this summer and must readjust his demands.

‘If he was that important and teams thought he was that good, he would’ve been signed by now,’ Mills said on talkSPORT. ‘He’d be snapped up, whether it be £150k, £200k-a-week.

‘If they thought he was good enough they’d go for it because it’s a free transfer.

‘He’s clearly overpriced himself and people are going “no, not for us, I think we’ll wait and see” and “yeah, good luck mate if you think you can get it”.’


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