Former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has reportedly offered himself to Barcelona as he desperately looks to find a new club. The playmaker has remained a free agent since leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season, despite several trials with interested outfits.
Lingard made 20 appearances in all competitions for Forest last season after rejecting a contract from West Ham in favour of heading to the City Ground. However, his performances left plenty to be desired and ultimately he fell out of favour under Steve Cooper.
The higher powers at Forest opted not to extend Lingard’s stay with the club, allowing the 31-year-old to become a free agent. Premier League outfits were expected to arrive with offers after his release, but ultimately sides did not step forward.
Lingard remains available and he is desperate to find a new club and get his career back on track. According to Sport, the forward has offered himself to Barcelona and is hopeful that a move to the Camp Nou could be a ‘springboard’ for him to find his best form and showcase his ability.
Barcelona’s poor financial situation is no secret around Europe and the La Liga giants are truly limited by Financial Fair Play. Thus, Lingard’s availability could present an opportunity to Xavi given that he is only expected to cost £1.7million (€2m) to keep him at the club for the remainder of the campaign.
Barca’s injury struggles means that the top bosses at the club are on the lookout for cheap opportunities, so the chance to sign a player who has experience of playing at the very top level and can play in numerous positions could catch their eye.