Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has no intention of joining Arsenal and is focused on resurrecting his career at Old Trafford, sources have told Metro.co.uk.
The 27-year-old has played a bit-part role at the Theatre of Dreams this term, scoring just twice in 35 appearances for the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent £150m last summer but was forced to offset that outlay with the £73m departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.
Solskjaer’s decision to press ahead with a £47m move for Bruno Fernandes in January means his summer budget is set to be around £150m and he needs to raise funds elsewhere if he’s to complete an overhaul.
Lingard, 27, is valued at around £30m and his departure could help fund a move for Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho.
Everton and Arsenal have both been linked with a move for Lingard, with Mikel Arteta keen on signing a versatile midfielder this summer.
Lingard’s recent decision to join up with super agent Mino Raiola appeared to hint that a move was in the offing but Metro.co.uk understands the midfielder wants to fight for his place at Old Trafford and won’t allow himself to be pushed out of the club.
Lingard joined the club at the age of six and has 12 months remaining on his £110,000-a-week deal, though United can extend that by a further year.
Solskjaer remains an admirer of Lingard but the pair have clashed over off-field issues since the Norwegian’s appointment last March.
Lingard was reprimanded over a lewd video that he uploaded onto his Snapchat last summer while on holiday last summer.
Solskjaer dealt with the matter internally but warned Lingard afterwards that his fate is in his own hands.
‘That has been dealt with internally,’ said Solskjaer.
‘I am old-school, old-fashioned, quite big on discipline and self-discipline. I can’t spoon-feed these players, they have got to do it themselves.
‘I have had many years at this club and I have seen which players have been successful. You have got to be a strong character to play here. It is not like I can tell them to pass from A to B, to C to D. They have to make their own decisions, and in life as well.’
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