Despite receiving several offers for forward Jesse Lingard in the summer, Manchester United decided to keep the England international at Old Trafford. But according to several reports, their stance has now changed, and the Premier League powerhouse is ready to sanction Lingard’s exit for a cut-price.
The issue for Man Utd is that Lingard is currently in the last year of his deal and is refusing to sign a new contract. The club is reportedly offering him a salary close to $200,000 a week, but that doesn’t seem enough for the 28-year-old player as he would also like to be guaranteed playing time moving forward.
In case that United doesn’t convince Lingard to ink an extension, the club will look to recoup some funds for him in January in order to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer. The Sun reports that their asking price could prove affordable for interesting parties as they have around $20 million in mind.
Jesse Lingard spent the second part of the 2020-21 season with West Ham United, where he delivered a string of impressive performances. He finished the campaign with nine goals and five assists in just 16 games.
Lingard returned to Manchester with hopes of playing a more prominent role this season, but that still hasn’t happened. He played just six games so far in 2021-22 and is yet to start a Premier League match.
“If I keep performing well and doing well, you never know what might happen,” Lingard said via the Mirror when asked about his situation. “So I keep confident in myself and when I get when I get time on the pitch I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing.”