Everton have joined the race to sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard this summer.
That is according to The Sun who claim Everton’s newly installed boss Rafa Benitez has ‘made it his top priority to strengthen the wide areas’ and that Lingard is viewed as a suitable candidate to provide Dominic Calvert-Lewin with the service he needs to score goals.
The Toffees could face competition from West Ham, where Lingard delivered outstanding performances on loan in the second half of the season, but it has been said that the London club might struggle to find the money to sign the United playmaker.
However, it’s also worth noting, Lingard is back training with United and after he featured in the Reds’ 2-1 pre-season friendly against Derby on Sunday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he would be staying to fight for his place in the starting XI after that game.
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Anything can happen in football, though, and Everton might be able to tempt United into a sale with an appropriate offer.
In more transfer news, The Mirror report United and Real Madrid are £10m apart in their valuations for centre-back Raphael Varane.
Despite the World Cup winner heading into the final year of his contract in Spain, the article claims Madrid are holding out for £50m to sanction an exit for Varane, but that United are only prepared to pay £40m – talks are said to be continuing.
It’s believed Varane wants to experience the challenge of the Premier League after spending a trophy-laden 10-year spell at Madrid and it’s also been suggested that he would be happy to wait another season to join United, which he could do for free next year.
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