Speaking on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry revealed Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will be sold by the club this summer despite impressing at West Ham United.
Lingard had fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford and went over a year without scoring a Premier League goal before being sent to West Ham United on loan in January.
However, according to McGarry, the England international’s improved performances have not been enough to convince Solskjaer that his long-term future lies with the Red Devils.
He said: “Jesse Lingard is a player who’s been rejected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sent out on loan to West Ham United, has proved himself to be something of a scoring sensation, none more so than last weekend.
“And it seems that though the player is under contract, United are prepared to play a waiting game, because it’s our information that they will wait until Lingard is named – or not – in England’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.
“And if he is, then they’ll wait again, so that the possibility of his increase in value gives them an advantage in terms of income, and therefore he will be allowed to leave the club despite his very impressive form at the Olympic Stadium, and that would be the case regardless of who United try to buy.”
TIF Thoughts on Lingard…
The Manchester United academy graduate is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract with his boyhood club over the summer, and therefore, must make a big decision regarding his future.
Lingard is going to have to decide whether he wants to play week in week out like he is doing at this moment in time with West Ham, or whether he’s content with spending large periods of time sitting on the bench.
It remains to be seen what the attacking midfielder will eventually decide to do, but with a transfer market value of £13.5m (as per Transfermarkt), it would not be surprising if the in-form Lingard attracted a lot of interest over the summer.