West Ham United has dealt a massive blow in their pursuit to sign Jesse Lingard permanently this summer. The England international is currently on loan at the London Stadium from Manchester United.
Lingard started the season out of favor at Old Trafford. He played only a handful of games before joining West Ham in January. Since then, he has been in scintillating form. He has scored five goals and provided two assists in just seven Premier League appearances for the Hammers. This has seen the club maintain its impressive league position. They are seventh in the league at the time of writing, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, having played a game less.
Lingard’s impressive form has seen him return to the recent England squad. He made his first start for the Three Lions in June 2019 against San Marino last week. He put up a Man of the match display and earned himself a 25th England cap.
If Lingard continues his fine form for the remainder of this season, he might make the England 23-man squad for the Euros. Phenomenal from a player who could not even get into Manchester United’s squad at the start of the season.
Lingard’s price-tag set to double
Jesse Lingard’s recent resurgence at West Ham is now forcing United’s hierarchy to double his price, according to The Sun.
The outlet claims that Lingard was available for just £20 million last summer. But no buyout clause was there in his loan deal at West Ham. And now, United wants to increase the 28-year old’s asking price close to £40 million.
This is bad news for the Hammers, who were looking to secure a permanent deal for Lingard in the summer. And if his fee climbs close to £40 million, it may be too much for them to pay. Lingard will be open to a move to West Ham on a permanent basis. But he will have very little control over the fee that United will demand.
West Ham’s only chance to land Lingard this summer would be to qualify for European football next season. This will give the club an additional fee to add to their transfer budget and secure signings like Lingard.
Selling Jesse Lingard might be a good decision for United
Jesse Lingard’s future at Manchester United is still unclear. The Red Devils have a huge decision to make whether to cash in on the player or bring him back to Old Trafford.
Pundits like Rio Ferdinand and Paul Merson believe that Lingard’s time at his boyhood club is over. They think Lingard needs to secure a move elsewhere to play first-team football.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes last January has seen him cement his place as the chief creator of the team. And dislodging him is a very difficult task for any player. United whereas, can use the fee received by selling Lingard to strengthen other positions.
The Red Devils will have enough money to make one marquee signing, likely to be Jadon Sancho, this summer. But in order to improve other positions, mainly in central defence and defensive midfield, they will need to raise necessary funds via player sales. And Lingard can be the player United will look to move out for a respectable fee.