Jesse Lingard is ‘almost certain’ to seek a permanent exit from Manchester United this summer, according to Eurosport journalist Dean Jones.
The 28-year-old has been in sensational form since making a loan move to West Ham in January, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 11 appearances (Transfermarkt). Irons team-mate Vladimir Coufal hailed him as an ‘unbelievable player’ and admitted that he ‘couldn’t understand’ his lack of involvement at Manchester United.
The Europa League semi-finalists have inevitably taken notice of his form and will decide on their course of action at the end of the season.
Lingard was unhappy with Solskjaer
However, Lingard is said to have been left ‘frustrated’ and ‘unimpressed’ by his treatment earlier in the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not hand him a single Premier League appearance in 2020/21 before he relocated to east London.
The Eurosport report stated that West Ham tried to insert a £15m option to buy in the loan agreement but the Red Devils refused this request.
Nonetheless, they are ‘convinced’ that qualifying for Europe will be enough to persuade Lingard that he belongs in east London. The Hammers are well-placed to do just that, currently sitting fifth and only three points off the top four.
Transfer Tavern verdict
Manchester United’s hesitancy is understandable. Lingard has reminded the whole of English football of his ability and he could be a valuable part of Solskjaer’s squad given more opportunities. However, he has been thriving as an attacking midfielder for West Ham, and a certain Bruno Fernandes has that role nailed down at Old Trafford.
Lingard must recognise his limited prospects and he seems a perfect fit at the London Stadium. Manchester United should focus on maximising the fee, because West Ham will be desperate to retain him.
You can probably add another £10m onto that January figure.
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