With a recent improvement in form, Manchester United have set an asking price for Jesse Lingard if any club wants to permanently buy him.
After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s buying spree last season, Manchester United found themselves having an excess of talent in the midfield. With names like Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Scott McTominay Jesse Lingard, Fred and Donny van de Beek being options to play for the side, the Red Devils have picked up the pace and have performed really well for the 2020-2021 season, capitalising on their strength in the middle of the park.
However, due to the available options and in-form players, few others had been given fewer opportunities to play, and consequently have been benched. Jesse Lingard for instance wasn’t being awarded much playtime for the Red Devils, which led to him being placed on the transfer list. Premier League rivals West Ham, then acquired the player on a loan move and he has been in great form ever since he started playing for the Hammers.
The loan move to London was a smart one, as the 28-year-old is an experienced footballer and capable of the performances he is putting up currently. With a move away for the Englishman, United would be able to secure a few funds and empty up the wage bill for more potential transfers in the future, in the positions that need bolstering.
Manchester United had reportedly denied a buyout clause of 15 million euros when Lingard was sent to play for the Irons. With his current form according to Eurosport, the Premier League giants would be looking for a fee upwards of 20 million euros for the player. Another option for Solskjaer’s side would be leveraging the transfer of the midfielder for the signing of Declan Rice, who has been on United’s transfer list for a long time.
The 22-year-old is a quality defensive-minded player, something which the Red Devils desperately require in the squad. Also with the news of the possible departure of Paul Pogba, Rice would a more than worthy addition to the midfield. The youngster also offers versatility to lay in the centre-back positions, which United could use amidst their defensive problems.
As of now, the status of Jesse Lingard remains to be a temporary loan. If West Ham decide on making a permanent move, United are likely to raise the bar above the price tag of 20 million euros, and it remains to be seen whether the 28-year-old would continue to wear the Claret shirt in the 2021-2022 season. Leicester City were also linked with a move for the Englishman and could reignite interest in him should the player’s performances continue on the same wavelength.
Where do you see the 28-year-old plying his trade in the coming years?