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Jesse Lingard ‘asks ex-Man Utd team-mates Smalling and Young about life in Italy’ as he eyes AC Milan transfer

MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Jesse Lingard has reportedly asked Chris Smalling and Ashley Young what life is like in Italy.

Lingard found it difficult to nail down a regular starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to the season being halted due to coronavirus.

Inevitably it has led to speculation that the 27-year-old might exit Old Trafford this summer.

And according to The Independent, Lingard seems to fancy an Italian job.

The newspaper reports that he "has been in regular contact with Chris Smalling and Ashley Young about what Italy is like".

It adds that "the midfielder is greatly tempted by a move to Serie A".

Smalling is on a season-long loan at Roma after falling behind the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order at centre-half.

Young, meanwhile, left United for Inter Milan in January for around £1.5m with his contract up at the end of the season anyway.

He agreed a deal until the end of the Serie A season with the option of signing a longer-contract in the summer.

AC Milan are believed to be the front-runners to sign Lingard should United decide to cash in.

The 24-cap England international even admitted recently that he hasn't "pushed himself" enough this season.

But the 27-year-old is determined to come back all guns blazing when the football season restarts on June 17.

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